Manchester United wants to appoint its first technical director later this year to replace the new permanent director Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sky Sports News said.
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The timing of the move remains uncertain, but United would like the new man to be in place before the start of the 2019/20 season in August.
Club officials will anticipate the technical director to focus on escalation options for the first team and provide support to the management team.
In addition, the successful candidate will also be responsible for defining a long-term recruitment strategy incorporating the club’s academy.
Former manager Jose Mourinho was opposed to a restructuring of the hierarchy, but the plans were revisited after the departure of the Portuguese in December.
Solskjaer, who signed a three-year contract last week, confirmed he has been involved in discussions with Ed Woodward and other key advisers and is ready to work with a technical director.
It is understood that Old Trafford leaders are also exploring possible links with other clubs around the world to add development options for their young players. Meanwhile, United is confident in reaching an agreement with Solskjaer coaches Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who will remain at the club. The board will use the eight days between the Wolves team on Tuesday night – live from Sky Sports Premier League – and its first-leg match in the Champions League quarter-finals against Barcelona next Wednesday to seal new deals with the trio.
When asked about the choice of the technical director, the manager of United, Solskjaer, said: “Yes, I give my opinion on most things and give my advice.”The communication between me and the owners is very good and we are talking about different names, I am not the one who decides.”