Man United football director John Murtough ‘definitely’ on his way out of Old Trafford

Manchester United football director John Murtough is on his way out of Old Trafford, according to reports.

John Murtough’s time at Old Trafford looks set to be up with Ineos keen on making sweeping changes at boardroom level.

Richard Arnold will also be leaving Manchester United at the end of the calendar year following an abysmal time as CEO of the football club.

Jean-Claude Blanc looks set to replace Arnold at the end of this year with Sir Jim Ratcliffe already beginning to make sweeping changes at Old Trafford.

The 71-year-old billionaire has not yet acquired the club and will not be able to make changes at the club until he passes the Premier League Owners and Directors Test but it looks like the writing is on the wall for Murtough who has been football director at the club since 2021.

Murtough’s future

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, Murtough is ‘definitely’ on his way out of the club.

The club are planning on replacing Murtough which will continue the big structural changes already made at the club.

A new footballing figurehead will now be looked at with Paul Mitchell looking like he is the favourite to take over from Murtough if this report is to be believed.

Sir Dave Brailsford has made visits to Carrington according to the Daily Star and the report says that the footballing audit at the club has led to an appetite from Ineos for sweeping changes at the club.

Murtough’s tenure

During the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer days at the club, Murtough was given arguably the biggest role in football and, according to The Athletic, the 52-year-old had impressed the United hierarchy.

Ed Woodward decided that Murtough would be the man despite Ralf Rangnick and Mitchell being in line for the role. Woodward, with the Glazers’ blessing, decided that an internal appointment would be best.

Murtough failed to back Erik Ten Hag with the signing of Frenkie de Jong and has since then allowed the Dutchman free rein on the signings he wanted.

Bringing in Mitchell, however, will surely bring an end to the manager’s power at the club.

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