Monday 14 October 2019

Man United set to turn to familiar face as club look to appoint first-ever technical director

Mike Phelan (Martin Rickett/PA)
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Man United are reportedly going to turn to assistant manager Mike Phelan as they look to finally appoint a technical director to oversee the club's rebuilding job.

Phelan, who was an assistant under Alex Ferguson before leaving the club in 2013 after David Moyes opted against retaining him, returned to Old Trafford alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian took the job on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Phelan is currently the Sporting Director of Central Coast Mariners, but is now set to take a permanent position with Man United once again.

The Telegraph is reporting that the Red Devils will give Phelan the task of overseeing the club's rebuilding project along with Solskjaer, who was given the manager's job last month.

Liverpool and Man City both have sporting directors charged with running the football side of the clubs, something that Jose Mourinho was resistant to during his time in the Old Trafford dugout.

However, it looks like Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has decided that the time is now to introduce the role and that Phelan is the man best suited to take up the position.

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