Manchester United’s sporting director, John Murtough, is at risk of being the next person to face dismissal in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s proposed overhaul of the club.
Ratcliffe, set to acquire a 25% stake in United, securing control of the club’s sporting operations, recently ousted Richard Arnold as CEO. Reports suggest that Murtough, along with director of football operations David Harrison, could also be facing the prospect of losing their positions.
John Murtough, who assumed the role of Manchester United‘s inaugural sporting director in 2021, faces the possibility of being replaced as part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s restructuring plans.
Murtough played a key role in overseeing significant transfer activity, including high-profile signings such as Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the success of his tenure has been mixed, with notable disappointments like Antony and Mason Mount.
Reports suggest that Dougie Freedman of Crystal Palace and Paul Mitchell from Monaco are being considered as potential replacements for Murtough in the director role at United.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who successfully outbid rival Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, is anticipated to finalize his minority takeover of Manchester United in the coming weeks. This acquisition will add United to the portfolio of clubs under his INEOS group, which already includes Nice and Lausanne-Sport.