Man United Appoints Director of Football. Manchester United revealed today that John Murtough has been named football director and Darren Fletcher has been named technical director.
Murtough will leave his position as United’s head of football operations to take on a task that the club has been exploring for many years.
Fletcher begins his current role two months after rejoining United’s coaching staff under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. For the remainder of the season, the 37-year-old former midfielder, who made over 340 first-team appearances at Old Trafford, will assist as a coach.
Another move is that Matt Judge, United’s main transfer negotiator, has been promoted to director of football negotiations from the somewhat incongruous role of head of business growth.
While significant, the appointments are said to have no’material’ impact on Carrington’s day-to-day operations, in what has been described as ‘evolution rather than revolution.’
‘These are hugely important appointments,’ said executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, ‘that strengthen the improvements we have been making as a club in recent years in our relentless pursuit of success.’
‘We’ve already made significant progress in the way we conduct our football activities, and the results can be seen in the resurgent pool of academy prospects making it to the first team, as well as our strengthened recruiting record.
‘John has been instrumental in our success in these fields, and his in-depth knowledge of talent guarantees that the club’s long-standing history of developing talented talent from the academy to the first team can continue.’ This new role is a logical progression for him, as it capitalizes on his leadership abilities and years of experience in the industry.
‘Darren’s outstanding success as a manager, as well as his own path from academy to Premier League and Champions League champion, ensures he enjoys natural respect and knows this crucial aspect of the club’s DNA.
He will provide tactical guidance in all aspects of the football department, as well as contribute to the coordination and delivery of our football philosophy across all areas of the club, in this new capacity, which is the first in our history.
‘I am pleased that John and Darren have taken these positions, and I am looking forward to their contributions, as well as Ole’s and the rest of the team’s, as we work for potential progress.’