Manchester United have plans for chief executive Richard Arnold to meet leading candidates for the managerial job
According to Beyond the Pitch anchor Phil Brown on Twitter (h/t Express), Manchester United will not even consider having chief executive Richard Arnold meet candidates for the permanent manager job until they pass an initial interview.
Man United are expected to rope in a new permanent manager ahead of the new season to usher in a new era at the club, tasked with the responsibility of taking the side back to glory and winning trophies regularly once again.
The team is currently led by Ralf Rangnick, who has been appointed on an interim basis until the summer to guide the squad to a top-four finish. The German replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked earlier in the season for a string of poor results that saw the club slip down the Premier League table.
The Red Devils seem to be taking the entire process of appointing their next manager very seriously, given how the club are going through a trophy drought at the moment that has lasted five years. An elite coach is needed to ensure that this damning stat is taken care of, and never repeated once again.
Process running to plan?
Brown revealed that the Old Trafford side are not letting potential candidates for the vacancy at the club meet with Arnold unless they pass an interview with football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher.
It is said that overall, the current process is running to plan and has progressed well, given that the English giants have already interviewed Ajax Amsterdam’s Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino for the post.
With a five-year trophy drought to address and the lack of a world-class squad to compete for the best trophies, the incoming new head coach at the club has a massive task and responsibility to shoulder. The closest we have come to winning a title in the last few years was the UEFA Europa League final last year, which we lost to Villarreal on penalties.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, we have gone through a laundry list of managers who have been unable to impress. Not just this, interim managers and caretaker bosses have also been appointed to ensure that the side does not suffer when the club sacks the head coach before the end of the campaign.
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Only Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal have been able to bring silverware to Old Trafford since Sir Alex departed. What is common between these two managers is that they fall in the bracket of elite coaches – those having a CV filled with managerial records and trophies won.
ten Hag and Pochettino are two strong candidates for the job, but there is no guarantee that either of them will get the vacant position at United. It is good to see the well-thought-out process that the club hierarchy have implemented in order for them to get their decision absolutely spot on, with Arnold setting out a clear structure.