Man United's Search For Long-Awaited Key Role To Continue As Targets Tentative

Man United's Search For Long-Awaited Key Role To Continue As Targets Tentative

Manchester United's lengthy search for a technical director looks set to continue as Edwin van der Sar rejected speculation linking him with the role.

Speaking after Vincent Kompany’s Manchester City testimonial, the former goalkeeper said he is happy in his current role.

No, I’m focused on my job as chief executive at Ajax.  We had a fantastic year in Europe last year, also won the league in Holland.

We want Ajax at a higher European level and making sure we get back to the elite. That’s what we’re working on. I’m enjoying my time at Ajax. We touched the top level last year and we have to make sure we have the best opportunity to stay there.

The inability to fill the role has been a major source of frustration for fans in recent years. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici was reported to be the main target but club chairman Andrea Agnelli dismissed any links and soon the club looked elsewhere.

A Director of Football would greatly add the club in their transfer dealings and long-term football development plan. Last year, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand were linked with the role which prompted former player and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville to label the situation a "shambles." 

"People above that will have to step aside and move into a different role. There is a cultural problem at the football club. There is a cultural problem, it's deep. The decisions are bad, the choices are poor.

"Who is signing the players this summer? Every other football club in this country I could tell you who is in charge of signings. I haven't got a clue at Manchester United."


Per the Manchester Evening News, part of the problem is the job expectation. The technical director would oversea an advisory board of former players who would decide on transfer targets and contract negotiations.

It is hardly ideal working conditions. During a visit to Dublin for the website three years ago, Edwin van der Sar spoke about existing problems in the makeup of English football development.

In the meantime, Ed Woodward will continue to fulfill both roles. Fans have already made it clear how they feel about this scenario.

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Maurice Brosnan

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