Manchester United’s dreadful season hit another low in April, as back to back humiliating defeats at Liverpool and Arsenal ended their top-four hopes. The Red Devils’ current state is the result of a decade of mismanagement.
However, it appears United are finally addressing their issues behind the scenes, and their new rebuilding process isn’t merely limited to bringing in a new manager and giving him some thoughtless big-money signings.
A day after their 4-0 loss against Liverpool, United’s chief scout, Jim Lawlor, and Marcel Bout, the head of global scouting, both departed Old Trafford. And in another major move in the club’s recruitment reshuffle, Matt Judge has resigned from his position as United’s director of football negotiations.
He was brought in by the club’s former executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in 2012, and was responsible for negotiating transfers and contracts.
As per The Athletic, Judge, who also negotiated Erik ten Hag’s arrival, is currently working out a notice period prior to an expected departure later this year. But he is not expected to play an active role in the summer transfer window.
Matt Judge leaving #MUFC is significant news. He negotiated every transfer authorised by Woodward & the board. His influence was huge on United's operation. Richard Arnold says he wants change & this is a major step. Time for the club to modernise & empower the Ten Hag rebuild. pic.twitter.com/kSHAXvFWoy
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) April 29, 2022
Matt Judge leaving so Paul Mitchell can come in is definitely the best transfer business Judge has ever done for us.
— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) April 29, 2022
Matt Judge has resigned, I'm trying really hard to not get too excited but that is very much HUGE in terms of the future trajectory of this club.
— h (@htomufc) April 29, 2022
According to the Telegraph, United are expected to appoint a new transfer negotiator soon.
It is understood that the changes at the Theatre of Dreams are being overseen by football director John Murtough, who is also expected to shortly appoint a new deputy football director.
Chief executive Richard Arnold has given Murtough ‘greater autonomy’ over football matters than he had previously under Woodward.