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Phelan eyes sporting director role at Manchester United

Mike Phelan is believed to be interested in swapping his coaching position at Manchester United for a role as the club’s sporting director.

The 56-year-old has played a key role in Manchester United‘s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but is yet to sign a deal that will commit his long-term future to the club.

Phelan is currently on a secondment from Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, where he is the club’s sporting director and he is believed to be keen on taking a similar position at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, Phelan has enjoyed his role with the Mariners and is keen on a similar role at United if he is to return to the club on a full-time basis.

Phelan previously worked as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson, spending five years working alongside the legendary manager.

United have reportedly been discussing the possibility of appointing a director of football, with the club having also been linked with RB Leipzig sporting director Paul Mitchell and former goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar – who is currently in a similar post at Ajax.