Manchester United have announced the appointments of John Murtough to football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director, to strengthen the club's football operations.
Murtough, who has been promoted from his previous role, will take overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions. His appointment builds on the work he has already been doing with the club, including working closely with the manager and other football staff.
Fletcher, a former Manchester United player, has been appointed to add technical input and direction into all football and performance areas. His focus will be to approach player and squad development and maintain the link between the academy and first team.
“These are hugely important appointments that reinforce the progress we have been making as a club in recent years in our relentless pursuit of success," said Ed Woodward, Manchester United executive vice-chairman.
"We have already made great strides forward in the way we run our football operations, and the benefits are visible in the resurgent pipeline of academy talent reaching the first team and through our improved recruitment record."
John Murtough said: “This is such an exciting time for everyone at Manchester United with the first team, academy and Women’s team all performing strongly, and plenty of development still to come. It’s a privilege to be part of that process, and an honour to lead Manchester United’s football department, working alongside Ole, Casey and so many other truly outstanding staff all dedicated to delivering success to this club.”
Darren Fletcher added: “It is great to be back with the club and I am delighted to be taking on this new role. We are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ole and his coaching team, and now with John as the Football Director, to help bring young players through and further develop the football side of the club. It’s fantastic to see that all the staff here are driving Manchester United forward towards a new era of success.”
Author: Jake Wilkin