Andy O’Boyle joins Manchester United as inaugural deputy football director
According to The Athletic (Subscription Required), Manchester United have announced the signing of Andy O’Boyle as their inaugural deputy football director ahead of the next season. He is expected to significantly support John Murtough as part of their rebuild, which also involves backroom changes.
Man United have been planning to restructure their operational side of things, and they have done so with this recent appointment. O’Boyle has left the Premier League to move to Old Trafford, having worked as a head of elite performance advising clubs on matters like recruitment and talent identification.
O’Boyle has returned to the Red Devils after working as a youth coach, even managing Marcus Rashford in the past. He has previously worked under Jurgen Klopp as a fitness coach during their time together at Liverpool. The former had experience working for England Under-21, Coventry City, and Wrexham and will now support Murtough across first-team, women’s team, and academy.
Man Utd finally on the right track?
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left Theatre of Dreams, the Manchester club has been in a downward spiral, even if there were few trophies along the way under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Managers and players have been blamed for the plight during this period, and they certainly did deserve their criticisms.
However, the fact of the matter is that the problems at Carrington are down to the structure of the club’s management. A large number of supporters have finally realised the problems in recent years, which has played a part in the growing discontent towards the Glazers family.
The issues would not be solved just with the help of a world-class coach or a squad filled with quality players. There also needs to be a proper supporting system at the top that can streamline the process between the sporting and management sides inside the club.
Perhaps the owners have finally realised the mistake, looking at the changes they have made ahead of Erik ten Hag’s announcement. Things have continued following that as well, and with O’Boyle’s arrival, we would be blessed with someone who has gained some much-needed experience in this sector.
Even Murtough himself was in a similar role to O’Boyle before he joined us in the past. Perhaps their connection could lead to some necessary changes inside the club to build back the lost reputation in the years to come.
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The fans would probably be sceptical at first, but it is now up to the owners to support the operations sector in the best way possible so that significant changes can be made moving forward. Only time will tell whether there will be a success story in this regard in the years to come.