Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly contemplating Atalanta’s Lee Congerton for a attainable position as sporting director at Manchester United.
This comes as Sir Jim approaches a 25% partial funding in United, primarily making him a minority proprietor.
The 71-year-old is anticipated to take full management of the membership’s sporting actions, which he plans to overtake.
Key to Sir Jim’s plans is the appointment of a top-class sporting director, who will take cost of the Pink Devils’ recruitment, switch transactions and all different actions out there.
Former AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig chief Paul Mitchell is seen as the favourite for the job, whereas John Murtough’s future at Previous Trafford is much from safe.
Different choices being thought-about based on The Telegraph embrace Atalanta’s Congerton, Crystal Palace’s Dougie Freedman, Paolo Maldini and Andrea Berta, who’s at present underneath contract with Atletico Madrid.
After a really uneventful enjoying profession, Congerton shortly moved into teaching and had spells at Wrexham and Liverpool.
The 50-year-old then opted to hitch Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, the place he labored as a youth coach.
Congerton’s eye for expertise noticed him promoted to chief scout of the Blues. Shortly afterwards, positions as sporting director at Hamburg and Sunderland adopted.
Whereas at Stamford Bridge, Congerton developed an in depth relationship with Brendan Rodgers. The pair reunited at Celtic in 2017, with the previous turning into the Scotland squad’s head of recruitment.
When Rodgers left Celtic Park in 2019 to graze once more on the King Energy Stadium with Leicester, Congerton adopted his closest ally.
The Day by day File reveals that Congerton was not extremely popular throughout his time at Celtic among the many fanbase who criticized him for placing an finish to the ‘field workplace arrivals’ that may construct on the great work Rodgers had accomplished on the pitch.
It’s from Leicester that Congerton switched to Serie A with Atalanta.
For the Italian giants, he engineered offers for gamers comparable to Merih Demiral, Ademola Lookman and Rasmus Hojlund.
Congerton performed a key position in Hojlund’s sensational switch from Atalanta to United in the summertime of 2023. The Dane has scored 5 objectives thus far, all of which got here within the Champions League.