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What are the roles of Manchester United’s new Football and Technical directors?

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Manchester United yesterday announced the appointment of new football and technical directors to help in the  smooth running of the club’s football operations.

John Murtough will now be Manchester United’s new Football Director while former player Darren Fletcher will serve as the Technical Director of the club, but what will be their responsibilities?

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Roles of the new directors

John Murtough: Football Director

On the responsibilities of the new Football Director, the official communique from Manchester United read:

“John will have overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions, reinforcing the strong foundations already in place.

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“This appointment builds on the work John has already undertaken in recent years, working closely with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest of the football staff to create the structures, processes and culture to deliver sustained success on the pitch.

“This has included successful overhauls of the club’s Academy and recruitment department.”

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Darren Fletcher: Technical Director 

“Darren will work closely with John to add technical input and direction into all football and performance areas. He will focus on a co-ordinated and long-term approach to player and squad development, helping maintain the integral link between the Academy and the first team, aligned with Manchester United’s values and culture.

“As Football Director, John will work day-to-day with Ole to align recruitment and other strategies and to ensure that the first team has the best-in-class operational support it needs to succeed.”

What does it mean for Ole?

“Ole will continue his role in the recruitment process, supported by extensive scouting and data analytics functions that will continue to report to John. Matt Judge will also report to John, with a new title of Director of Football Negotiations.”

What the directors have said

John Murtough said: This is such an exciting time for everyone at Manchester United with the first team, Academy and Women’s team all performing strongly, and plenty of development still to come.

It’s a privilege to be part of that process, and an honour to lead Manchester United’s football department, working alongside Ole, Casey and so many other truly outstanding staff all dedicated to delivering success to this club.

Darren Fletcher said: 

“It is great to be back with the club and I am delighted to be taking on this new role.  We are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ole and his coaching team, and now with John as the Football Director, to help bring young players through and further develop the football side of the club.

“It’s fantastic to see that all the staff here are driving Manchester United forward towards a new era of success.”

 

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