Manchester United & director of football
Many Man United fans are now waiting for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment to be confirmed.
When Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho on an interim basis, few predicted the Norwegian’s impact would be this good.
Man United are fifth in the Premier League, with a great shot of claiming a top four spot.
The Red Devils are also into the Champions League quarterfinals, where they’ll face Barcelona.
Against that, Man United have been reportedly keen on shaking up their structure for some time.
Claims that United want to appoint a director of football have been around for a while.
The thought is that the director of football would play a key role in recruitment.
However, journalist Rory Smith has revealed that United’s search to fill this new post is going nowhere fast.
Ed Woodward seems confused
Man United chief exec Ed Woodward is leading the director of football search.
Rory Smith, speaking on the Times podcast, has revealed what he’s heard about the process so far:
Solskjaer has taken the club by surprise, even publicly they would admit they were not expecting him to be this good. There are still question marks about how he compares at the very top level to people like [Pep] Guardiola. But making that appointment is the logical thing to do.
The fault that they are making is tying that in with the fact they need a director of football and you get the impression it has made them think, do you know what, maybe there was nothing wrong with the structure all along.
As recently as late January, somebody told me that they still hadn’t decided what they wanted (a director of football to be) and Woodward told someone it may take a couple of years to make that appointment, which strikes me as being too long.
Solskjaer’s success should get him the job but it should not deprive someone else of another job because the two are totally unrelated and United still can’t seem to grasp that.