Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward will remain in charge of transfers with the idea of appointing a Sporting Director have been ‘scrapped’, according to reports.
The search for a candidate to fulfil the role started in January following José Mourinho’s December departure and names such as Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and Paul Mitchell have all been linked.
However, Woodward is expected to remain in charge of United’s transfer strategy for the future with no appointment expected this summer, or before the January transfer window, according to the Mail.
The 47-year-old came under intense scrutiny during Mourinho’s tenure at the club having failed to sign a central defender and after two disaster season’s from Alexis Sánchez on wages said to be around £350,000-a-week, excluding bonuses, fans have demanded a change in approach of how the club operates in the transfer window.
Former United defender Ferdinand was the most heavily linked with the role.and has spoken openly about returning, most recently saying: “It all depends on the shape of the job. I don’t think it’s all been outlined at United in terms of: that’s the job and this is the description. There’s a lot to talk about within that. To be fair to United, in that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can’t lie and say that’s not a turn on.”
Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra were also linked, with Dimitar Berbatov throwing his name into the ring and reports once suggested rather than one defined role, a committee of ex-United players was to be formed. However, neither look’s likely for this season at least and another season will begin with Woodward at the helm, and for his sake, United need a successful summer.
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