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Chelsea and Manchester set for Director of Football battle

Premier League powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea have had some major transfer battles over the years, and now it seems the two clubs are set to fight it out over a new Director of Football.

Chelsea are still looking to fill the void left by controversial talent spotter Michael Emenalo who left Stamford Bridge last November and has since joined French side Monaco.

Manchester United meanwhile are looking to appoint a Director of Football for the first time in their history, after another summer of transfer woe for the Old Trafford club.

According to the Telegraph, both clubs have set their sites on FA Technical Director Dan Ashworth and Roma transfer guru Monchi.

Although there was a time when the Director of Football role was seen as a purely European phenomena, it has become increasingly accepted that due to the sheer size of modern-day football clubs it is almost impossible for a manager to be in charge of player recruitment as well as coaching duties, with United the only member of the Premier League top six side who have not at least tried the model.

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted as much last week when he said: “Football is changing and managers should be called head coaches.”

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