Manchester United are still looking to appoint a technical director but the new role is unlikely to affect the club’s transfer policy this summer.
An appointment was expected to be made in time for the new arrival to be a part of the club’s plans for the current transfer window but with player recruitment already underway, there is no sign of when United might have their first technical director.
Former United players including Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand have been linked to the position, but it is unclear just what the roles and responsibilities of the candidate will be.
United will not be following the traditional protocols associated with other clubs who employ technical directors – where they are ‘the glue’ within their organisation and someone whose powers and influence are commonly wider than those of the manager.
The current structure of the club, led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, sees a small team of advisers working alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan to pinpoint potential signings and also decide on outgoings.
That structure successfully identified and secured the services of United’s first summer acquisition, 21-year-old Welsh international Daniel James.