Will Manchester United now appoint a director of football?
So, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in. It’s great news the club has ended the uncertainty and confirmed his appointment.
Time does not stand still and already attention is turning to what’s next.
Solskjaer was quizzed about transfers in his press conference, where he gave little away.
To help him out, United need to make a decision quickly whether to push ahead with a previously proposed plan to appoint a director of football.
A number of top names have been linked with a role. RB Leipzig’s Paul Mitchell (BBC) has been repeatedly mentioned.
Edwin van der Sar, Andrea Berta and Michael Zorc (Mirror) are also among possible candidates.
Red Devils legends Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona have both also expressed desire to take on a role despite a lack of experience.
United’s transfer strategy has been flawed for years, paying extortionate prices and missing out on bargain signings.
That’s where a director of football comes in, to take decisions over incomings away from Ed Woodward, and help manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The time is now
If United are to push ahead and appoint a director of football, it’s becoming urgent.
Solskjaer is the first piece of the puzzle. An appointment above him needs to happen quickly, so summer targets can be identified, and for him to get used to working with the Norwegian and vice versa.
Woodward was coy about bringing in a new face when quizzed on a conference call last month.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “With regards to the director of football, lots has been written about this. I would say that looking at our structures and looking at how we should strengthen, all areas of the club is something we’re doing on a continual basis.”
A director of football role is not for everybody. Opinion is split on whether it should happen, and whoever it will be, will divide views further.
What is clear, is that the time has come to act. United and Woodward must make up their minds.
It’s no use waiting until June or July, if it happens, an appointment needs to be made before the end of the season, preferably even within the next fortnight.