Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano gave GIVEMESPORT an exclusive update on Manchester United’s search for a new CEO, including the possibility of Jean-Claude Blanc being named. The club is now remodeling their backroom staff.
There will be several changes at Old Trafford as a result of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s planned acquisition of a 25% stake in United, some of which have already taken place before he takes official office. Ratcliffe’s entry at the team is anticipated to be announced soon, and he will be looking to transform United’s operations to bring success back to the red side of Manchester.
The Glazers have been trying to sell the Red Devils for more than a year, but it seems like a resolution is getting closer. Many United fans were expecting that someone would buy the entire team, but they will have to settle for Ratcliffe obtaining a minority interest.
Major changes have taken place at Old Trafford
Earlier in November it was announced that Richard Arnold would be leaving his position as chief executive by the end of the year, with Patrick Stewart coming in as an interim CEO until the end of December. Arnold has been at Old Trafford since 2007, so it’s certainly a major change which will hopefully be a positive if the right man is appointed on a permanent basis.
ournalist Ben Jacobs previously told GIVEMESPORT that we should expect some new and creative titles to be created in order for Ratcliffe to bring a host of different figures to the club. Arnold isn’t the only man expected to head through the exit door, with the Daily Star reporting that John Murtough will be departing in the near future. As a result, we could see multiple names appointed in the coming months.
Jacobs has also revealed to GIVEMESPORT that Paul Mitchell is one of the favourites to be appointed as United’s new sporting director. The respected reported claims that INEOS have made it clear that nothing is finalised as of yet and they want to take their time with the major changes expected. Mitchell is said to be very keen on securing the role at Old Trafford, partly due to the fact that he lives very close to the Manchester club’s home.
The Telegraph recently reported that Blanc is the clear favourite to be appointed as CEO at United having forged a strong relationship with key INEOS figures. The 60-year-old has held various different roles at Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in the past.