Manchester United have been mulling over a change in the club’s hierarchy for quite a while now.
The obvious disconnect between the side’s management and recruitment policy is becoming more and more apparent. The recent signings that the club has indulged in have been more advertisement oriented than representing a tactical voice on the field.
Further, Jose Mourinho and LVG alike were quite vocal in the fact that Ed Woodward and company didn’t adhere fully to their transfer requests.The club still failing to land an apt centre-back is evidence of the same.
Now, the Telegraph reports that United may have lined up a promising name for their technical director. Mike Phelan is reportedly the name that the club has lined up for the position.
It is expected that the club will appoint Phelan by virtue of his experience as a player and coach, imbibing in him the ethos that Old Trafford have badly lacked since the sacking of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The report adds that Michael Carrick will be promoted to assistant manager from first team coach in view of Phelan’s likely ascension.
Further, the club is inclined on making this appointment as they want a director who will work with the manager and not above him. With the rapport that Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer share, that doesn’t appear to be an issue.
Moreover, this common understanding will work smoothly to bring in a pragmatic approach at the side form next summer. In particular, the need for a major culling and a mass exodus will be best met with both key roles working on the same wavelength. A similar concord will aid the recruitment and scouting process too.
The Norwegian has been quite open to the prospect of a technical director being appointed, citing that it was a necessary evolution in the club’s evolution into a fully modern side.