- United have been looking for a “head of football” since the sacking of Jose Mourinho in 2018
- In some major changes, Fletcher has been appointed as the club’s technical director
- Fletcher rejoined the club as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff in January
Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been appointed as the club’s new technical director.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 10, with United also confirming the appointment of John Murtough in the new role of football director.
Murtough, who has been with the club for the last seven years, previously worked as head of football development.
In his new role, he will work alongside boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to "align recruitment and other strategies and to ensure that the first team has the best-in-class operational support it needs", as well as "create the structures, processes and culture to deliver sustained success on the pitch" across all the teams under the Manchester United umbrella.
Fletcher came back to Manchester United as first team coach in January and has been in the club’s proposed new structure for years.
He was initially viewed as a potential appointment for an advisory role but the club eventually settled for technical director role.
Among his roles will be to apply 'technical input and direction into all football and performance areas'.
Man United chief executive Ed Woodward spoke on the new appointments, saying, ““We have already made great strides forward in the way we run our football operations, and the benefits are visible in the resurgent pipeline of academy talent reaching the first team and through our improved recruitment record,”
Fletcher also welcomed his own appointment, saying, “It is great to be back with the club and I am delighted to be taking on this new role. We are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ole and his coaching team, and now with John as the Football Director, to help bring young players through and further develop the football side of the club.
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As a player, Fletcher played a total of 340 first team games for United between 2003 and 2015, winning five Premier League titles within that time.
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