Manchester United have appointed John Murtough in the new role of football director, while former midfielder Darren Fletcher has been promoted to technical director.
Murtough has been at Manchester United for seven years, most recently occupying the role of head of football development.
He will work alongside manager 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.
Matt Judge will report to Murtough under a new title of director of football negotiations.
see that all the staff here are driving Manchester United forward towards a new era of success.”
Ed Woodward, Manchester United executive vice-chairman, added: “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.
“John has been integral to our progress in these areas and his deep understanding of development ensures the club’s traditions of bringing young players through from Academy to first team will continue. This new position is a natural evolution that harnesses his leadership qualities and his years of experience in the game.
“Darren’s stellar achievements as a player and his own journey from Academy to Premier League and Champions League winner means he naturally commands respect and understands this vital part of the club’s DNA.”