John Murtough is next in line for the exit as Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to make changes at Manchester United
John Murtough can lose his job as Sir Jim Ratcliffe plans to make immediate changes at Manchester United. Ratcliffe is completing the purchase of a 25% stake in the Red Devils.
The CEO of INEOS Chemicals looks set to take control of the footballing operation at United after the successful purchase. Murtough is currently the football director and is responsible for the player’s recruitment at the club.
United have already announced that CEO Richard Arnold will leave the club by the end of the year. Arnold is currently providing transitional support until the end of December.
Murtough joined the Red Devils as the Academy manager in November 2013. The 52-year-old earned his internal promotions to reach the position of Director of Football in March 2021.
Metro reports that Ratcliffe has plans to put new faces in the important roles at United’s hierarchy. The British billionaire wants to improve United’s performance in the transfer market and players’ recruitment.
Daily Mail reported that the Red Devils have a net spend of £1.19bn over the last ten years. United topped the football’s biggest spenders list globally despite their continuous struggle since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as their manager.
The Red Devils have suffered from many high-profile failed signings like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Jadon Sancho, and Harry Maguire. United have also spent big wages on players that reached the latter stage of their prime years.
Many football experts criticized the club for recruiting players based on their past reputation rather than their senior team’s requirements.
United bought the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria, and Radamel Falcao based on their reputation, paying massive wages. However, all of these signings failed over the years and only added to the expenses at the club.
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Guardian reported that Ratcliffe used Casemiro as an example of the questionable recruitment policy by the Red Devils. United signed Casemiro for a massive price and wages with a four-year contract despite him being 30 years of age.
The Brazil captain has suffered with form and regression in his ability since the latter stage of last season. Murtough supervised the signing of Casemiro even though United manager Erik ten Hag has enjoyed power in recruitment operations as well.
United fans are hoping the club’s embarrassing recruitment policy can end once the new regime takes over. The Red Devils are currently facing restrictions due to the FFP rules after astronomical expenses amounted to minimum success.