Manchester United have finally moved to appoint a football director in John Murtough, with Darren Fletcher installed as the technical director.
Manchester United looked within to make the appointments, with Murtough who was brought to United in November 2013 by then-manager David Moyes, having worked with Moyes at Everton, and became the club’s head of football development in 2016.
Meanwhile, United legend Darren Fletcher, had been coaching at United but now has an official role as Technical Director at Old Trafford.
Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he’s pleased with the recent development at the club.
“A few months back when we were making the final decision, there were also other things in the pipeline for Fletch,” Solskjaer told a press conference.
“We moved Mark Dempsey back down to the Academy and there was a coaching spot.
“If there was one thing I was sure of, it was that we cannot lose Darren. We wanted Darren at Man United. He has the history of the club. He was brought up here from when he was a young boy to a Champions League winner, a serial winner.
“His DNA was what we want. Then he went away. He has fresh ideas as well as the Man United side of it. He’s been outside with different clubs. He has a bright eye for football, a really keen eye and lots of development with the youngsters.
“For me, now he can combine these two, a little less coaching, and have an influence on the recruitment. He can speak to players and sell Man United as the club he knows it is.”
Murtough will have ‘overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions’ and will ‘work day-to-day with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to align recruitment and other strategies.’
Fletcher will on his part offer ‘technical input and direction into all football and performance areas’. Fletcher had been overseeing United games with the analysts, rather than flanking Solskjaer in the dugout.