Manchester United are looking at England boss Gareth Southgate to become their next permanent manager according to a report this morning.
Manchester United are believed to be set to undertake a huge managerial restructuring of the club, with a director of football set to be appointed for the first time in the club’s long and prestigious history.
One of the roles of the DOF, would be the recruitment of players and managers, but, with nobody having yet being appointed – despite months of speculation – that job is still in the hands of executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward.
Having taken the costly decision to fire Jose Mourinho last month, Woodward said that the club would conduct a thorough recruitment process when appointing his permanent replacement, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking the reins until the end of the season.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is widely thought to be Manchester United’s first choice candidate to take the role after watching him transform the North London club into regular title contenders, although he is still yet to deliver a trophy.
However, prising him away from White Hart Lane in the summer will be no easy task, with reports suggesting Daniel Levy could block an approach, even with a reported £50 million compensation package on the table for the Argentine. Aside from that, there are also no guarantees that Pochettino would want to leave the club anyway, with him recently saying he wants to stay at the club for 20 years.
Solskjaer has made himself a candidate since becoming the only United boss to win his opening five games in charge since Sir Matt Busby, and today’s game against Pochettino’s Spurs could have a massive bearing on whether he has the ability and tactical nous to mix it with the best in the Premier League.
However, according to the Telegraph today, England boss Gareth Southgate is also in contention to become United’s next manager following his exploits at this summers World Cup, where he steered the three lions to the semi-finals over in Russia.
However, like Pochettino, Southgate has also recently signed a new contract, with his current deal set to expire after the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, and it is unclear as to whether he would be ready to end his spell with the FA for a return to club management.
It seems as though this saga could be set to run and run…