Julian Ward is the most recent title to be linked with the position of sporting director at Manchester United.
On Christmas Eve it was introduced that Sir Jim Ratcliffe would formally take full sporting management of the membership together with his 25% takeover.
At present, The Peoples Individual revealed that John Murtough is about to be relieved of his duties as director of soccer and that the INEOS group will look to herald its personal candidate.
There are a number of names related to it akin to Paul Mitchell, Dougie Freedman and Dan Ashworth.
Nonetheless, a brand new shock title has now emerged.
The Telegraph experiences that the membership are actually taking a look at former Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward.
“Ward spent 11 years at Liverpool, most just lately because the membership’s sporting director, however determined to step down simply months after succeeding Michael Edwards.”
United have additionally thought-about Edwards, however “it’s understood he isn’t presently on the lookout for a director of soccer or a sporting director position at any membership”.
Liverpool have been shocked by Ward’s determination and he has been broadly praised for his work with the Merseyside crew.
The Anfield aspect had eyed the Liverpool native as Edwards’ long-term substitute and he had been closely concerned within the arrivals of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez to the membership.
The previous technical director has apparently turned down job provides at golf equipment akin to Ajax as he considers his subsequent profession transfer.
Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not he would see himself at Outdated Trafford.
The Telegraph states that “the 42-year-old is regarded as in no rush to return to soccer and it stays to be seen, after spending so lengthy at Liverpool, whether or not he can be in any respect curious about a job at United in the event that they determine to make a transfer”.
However, “sources counsel that Ashworth can be the perfect appointment for Ratcliffe, however it’s clear that will probably be extraordinarily tough to launch him from his contract even when he’s “.
The Peoples Individual stated the Newcastle man has been on United’s radar for a while they usually proceed to be impressed together with his physique of labor at each Brighton and Newcastle.
Curiously, The Telegraph additionally lists some much less talked about names for the position, akin to “Atalanta’s Lee Congerton, former AC Milan duo Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara and Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berti”.
It’ll definitely be an fascinating Christmas and New 12 months interval for Purple Devils followers as they await the choices the brand new co-owners will make within the coming weeks and months. A brand new sporting director will definitely be a preferred alternative.