The Philadelphia Union are set to continue their offseason reshaping, with the Metro US reporting that the MLS club will announce the appointment of former Manchester United assistant and Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen as a sporting director this week.
Meulensteen had been linked to the Union’s head coaching role for several months following John Hackworth’s sacking in June, with the Dutchman spotted attending several of the club’s matches alongside CEO Nick Sakiewicz.
Those rumours died down, however, following interim Jim Curtin’s successful start at the helm, with the former Chicago Fire defender guiding his hometown team to 10 wins and four draws in his first 16 games, as well as to the US Open Cup final.
The club would miss out on a play-off spot after a largely disappointing end to the regular-season, but Curtin still impressed enough to land the role full-time last week, with Meulensteen now set to join him to act as a personal consultant in the front office.
Meulensteen remains well-regarded from his time spent on the United coaching staff from 2001 to 2013, but his recent attempts to prove himself as a manager have been met with failure, with a two-week spell at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala at the start of the 2013-14 season followed up with a lacklustre three months in charge of the later-relegated Fulham.
It’s unclear how familiar he is with the various rules and regulations of MLS, but he could no doubt provide some much-needed experience to a franchise which possesses a great deal of promise on the pitch, but is still to realise its full potential.