Do Manchester United need a Director of Football, asks Iain Anderson?
Having established, at the first attempt, that Ed Woodward is not the man for the job, the question is: who is?
Baldini (Tottenham), Zidane(Real Madrid), Begiristain(Manchester City). As you will know, all the aforementioned are Directors of Football at their clubs.
It is no coincidence that these three clubs appointed eminent ex-players with worldwide contacts.
Before and during the transfer window all these clubs identified targets and, in the main, got them.
It is time for Manchester United to move with the times and find their own Director of Football.
Appointing a marketing strategist to this role is nothing short of ridiculous.
Whilst not actually bearing the title of Director of Football, surely the job description is virtually identical. If not, then let Woodward continue to do whatever he is good at, and appoint an ex-player to the role.
There are enough ex-players hanging around Old Trafford at the moment who could fulfill the responsibilities.
What about "Ambassador" Robson? Is Cantona busy at the moment? Even Fergie himself would be ideally suited to this role despite the fact that he never saw the need for it. There are lesser lights such as Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. Even Quinton Fortune works for MUTV.
Surely any of these would be capable of doing a better job than Woodward, They know the game, they will have contacts and they will be prepared to work with Moyes. I get the impression that Woodward considers himself to be far more important than he actually is.
As far as transfers go he has proved that he is a total irrelevance.
Who would you appoint as Manchester United's Director of Football?
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