Matt Judge is leaving, another sign Manchester United are approaching a new era
Manchester United have been making moves behind the scenes this year, even after Ed Woodward’s resignation.
With interim manager and consultant Ralf Rangnick recommending the club need ‘open heart surgery’, more key figures are leaving the club.
Two leading scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout were announced to be leaving earlier this month. But what help was that when the man leading transfer negotiations remained?
Now he is departing too. The Athletic broke the news Matt Judge is resigning, after typically, taking months to agonise on his future.
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Judge was previously labelled ‘United’s invisible man’, by The Athletic, United’s chief negotiator tasked with transfer dealings.
And let’s face it, transfer business has been woeful. This is the man who would have negotiated a £80 million fee for Harry Maguire
Judge was called out by Patrice Evra, with The Mail reporting how he was once asked to intervene over a transfer target who was interested in playing for United, as Judge was inaccessible.
He said: “A sporting director from a top football club called me and asked me to tell Matthew Judge to answer his phone.”
Change was long overdue at Manchester United, and finally, we appear to be getting closer, with new manager Erik ten Hag also set to arrive.
New United, almost
Rangnick will remain at United as consultant in conjunction with his role as Austria boss. It’s a dual function that can work.
John Murtough is pulling the strings as football director, given freedom by new CEO Richard Arnold, with Ed Woodward gone.
The true impact of Judge’s departure shows United are both cleaning house for a new era, and also possibly making room for a new arrival.
With two top scouts departing, and a chief negotiator, it feels like United may be creating a role for Paul Mitchell to arrive as head of recruitment.
We will have to wait and see on that one, but with the speed the changes now seem to be occurring, it may not be too long before we find out.
The Glazers still remain, stubbornly, and getting them out would be the catalyst for real change. But root and branch, United appear to be conducting sweeping changes, which could have a profound effect.