Rio Ferdinand is reportedly the latest name to be ‘in the frame’ to become Manchester United’s first-ever director of football.
Manchester United‘s search for a sporting director has been a story that rumbled on for well over six months now, a story which dates back well before Jose Mourinho’s departure back in December.
The Red Devils are keen to restructure the management structure of the historic giants after a number of underwhelming transfer windows, with United missing out on a whole host of signings.
Jose Mourinho was determined to sign a winger in the summer of 2017, with United failing to sign top target Ivan Perisic, while last summer, the Portuguese wanted the club to bring in a new centre-back. However, they once again failed in their recruitment with the likes of Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld and Diego Godin among some of the names to be linked.
In order to take some of the pressure away from under fire executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is currently responsible for United’s transfer dealings, the Old Trafford outfit are thought to be keen to appoint a director of football to oversee the football side of things, leaving Woodward free to run the business side of the club.
They have been linked with a number experienced names such as RB Leipzig technical director Paul Mitchell, former Sevilla and Roma man Monchi, as well as their ex-goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who has done a sterling job in his role as CEO at Ajax.
However, after last weeks surprising reports linking Mike Phelan with the role, today, the Mail have suggested that Rio Ferdinand is ‘in the frame’ for the job also, despite him having no coaching or management experience, while his only business experience is in the restaurant and clothing sector.
While the likes of Txiki Begiristan and Marc Overmars have done well during their roles as technical director at Barcelona and Ajax despite having no prior experience, the appointment of the likes of Ferdinand sounds absolutely ridiculous considering United’s current plight, with many onlookers suggesting that a huge squad overhaul is needed this summer.
The report does however claim that Woodward, along with the clubs owners, the Glazer family, ‘have been keen to get Ferdinand on board since his retirement four years ago,’ although his well-publicised personal problems have stopped such a move coming to fruition, with the former defender restricting himself to punditry roles.
Manchester United currently sit in sixth in the Premier League, although their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend has left them with an uphill battle to qualify for next seasons Champions League, with the Blues three points ahead of United with just two games to play.