Manchester United’s Shake-Up: Murtough Steps Down as Manchester United’s Football Director

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John Murtough has resigned from his role as Manchester United’s football director following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s partial takeover.

After a decade at Old Trafford, Murtough’s departure marks the end of a turbulent tenure with the Red Devils. Speculation about Murtough’s exit had been circulating for some time, with Ratcliffe expected to implement changes upon his arrival at the club.

United are reportedly eyeing Dan Ashworth, who is currently on gardening leave from Newcastle United, as Murtough’s replacement.

Additionally, they are looking to appoint Southampton’s Jason Wilcox as the new technical director, while Omar Berrada is set to assume the role of CEO in the summer, having been enticed away from Manchester City.

With Ratcliffe’s ambitions to restore United’s former glory and return them to title contention, a summer of significant changes looms ahead.

Murtough has faced criticism for his handling of United’s transfer strategy, which has failed to yield desired results. He was also instrumental in bringing Erik ten Hag to the club, although the manager’s future appears uncertain amid a challenging season that has seen United languishing in sixth place in the Premier League standings.

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Ratcliffe said, in a statement released by the club: “We want to thank John for his loyal service over many years, and for his support and integrity during this period of transition. “He leaves with our best wishes for the future.”

Joel Glazer, co-chairman of United, added: “After 11 years of tireless work for the club, John has mutually agreed with us that now is the right time to step aside and allow the new football leadership structure to be put in place. He will always be welcome back at Manchester United as a friend of the club.”

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As the season reaches its climax, Erik ten Hag is likely to face increased scrutiny at Manchester United, with the club striving to end the campaign positively.

While securing Champions League qualification remains a challenging task, the Red Devils have progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, setting up a showdown with Coventry City at Wembley.

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