Woodward snubs Ferguson call over Man Utd technical director role

Date published: Wednesday 19th June 2019 8:54 - James Marshment

Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly seen his suggestion to name Steve Walsh as Manchester United’s technical director rejected by the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signing a three-year deal as United manager, the club are looking to restructure their backroom team with a number of key figures identified for a newly-created director of football role.

Woodward is reported to have spoken to former United defender Rio Ferdinand as he looks to fill the role, while Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra have also been mentioned as potential candidates amid claims the club could instead look to name a transfer committee similar to the structure that has served Liverpool so well. Ferdinand has already commended both Liverpool and Manchester City for their approach to transfers.

However, Sky Sports News claims veteran scout Walsh, who was credited for the recruitment of players such as N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy during his time at Leicester, has been ‘recommended’ to United by Ferguson.

Woodward, however, ‘doesn’t like the idea’ reports Sky Sports despite United legend Ferguson pushing for the appointment, with the United executive vice-chairman instead continuing on his own agenda to appoint someone into the role.

The United executive vice-chairman, meanwhile, has a battle on his hands regarding the future of Paul Pogba, having reprimanded the France star over his latest comments about his future at Old Trafford.


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