The Sun champion German for key Man Utd role

Date published: Wednesday 17th April 2019 9:43

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Erik Stoffelshaus says he is “flattered” to be linked with becoming Manchester United’s director of football.

The 48-year-old, who is currently out of work, recently helped Lokomotiv Moscow win the Russian title and as sporting director he was a large part of their success winning the Russian Cup in 2017.

Now he’s “one of the leading candidates” to get the sporting director’s job at Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

United are set to appoint a sporting director to work in tandem with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season and RB Leipzig’s Paul Mitchell and Juventus chief Fabio Paratici have been mentioned as candidates.

The tabloid though have an exclusive interview with Stoffelshaus, championing the man, who claims to have helped develop Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Ivan Rakitic and Julian Draxler.

Stoffelshaus told The Sun: “For my name to be mentioned in relation to working at a club like Manchester United is very flattering.

“And to work here (in England) would be an absolute honour to help get a club to the next level would be great.

“I bring all the facets a club needs to run a sporting department in terms of my education and experience.

“Four teams in the last eight of the Champions League tells you how strong the Premier League is.


“I believe the structure we have in Germany is very healthy. It is not healthy that managers in England are in charge of transfers.

“I think a coach should be on the field coaching a team and the office stuff is so big that you can’t do that on a daily basis.

“They need someone to take care of it, so it’s vital a club has a sporting director to manage this, to implement the club structure and philosophy.”


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