Sir Jim Ratcliffe sends message as John Murtough announces surprise decision to step down at Man United; replacement announced

John Murtough leaves Man United, Dan Ashworth’s arrival imminent

John Murtough has officially stepped down from his role as Manchester United’s football director and is set to be replaced by Dan Ashworth, as reported by Sky Sports.

Murtough leaves Old Trafford after nearly 11 years of service, having taken up the football directorship at the club in March 2021 and served in various roles before then.

Man United confirmed the 53-year-old’s departure via a statement on their official website with quotes from Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Joel Glazer, who thanked him for his service.

Man United spent £518 million on player acquisitions under Murtough's directorship, as per The Athletic. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Man United spent £518 million on player acquisitions under Murtough’s directorship, as per The Athletic. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“We want to thank John for his loyal service over many years, and for his support and integrity during this period of transition.

“He leaves with our best wishes for the future.”

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Manchester United, thanking Murtough for his time at United.

“After 11 years of tireless work for the club, John has mutually agreed with us that now is the right time to step aside and allow the new football leadership structure to be put in place.

“He will always be welcome back at Manchester United as a friend of the club.”

Joel Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United.

Dan Ashworth is currently on gardening leave from Newcastle United amid negotiations with the Red Devils. He is expected to be shortly announced as the new football director at Old Trafford.

Man United have been in talks with Ashworth since at least February. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Man United have been in talks with Ashworth since at least February. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Man United eager to look ahead

The changes United have been making in their football operations structure ever since the arrival of the INEOS ownership have been swift and promising.

For Man United fans, it’s refreshing to see a custodianship of the club take their football side of things seriously, since that has not been the case since 2005.

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Only time will tell whether the hierarchical shift finally brings about the much-needed revolution at Old Trafford. But the new powers that be at the club are, at least on paper, are going about things the right way.