Man Utd ‘apprehensive’ to appoint technical director because of expectations from fans
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has reportedly begun discussions with a potential candidate to become technical director.
However, the club remains cautious about throwing someone into the job due to expectations from supporters.
The Athletic reported this week that Woodward met with former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick to pick his brain about how he built the impressive academy and coaching set up with the Bundesliga club.
Rangnick has been linked with the technical director role at Old Trafford in the past, though he recently switched roles to work as the head of sport and development at Red Bull.
Rangnick has given mixed comments on his future and taking up a role with the Premier League club, alluding that he feels the club are still feeling the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson.
In August, he told The Times: “I am happy in my current job and it would take a lot to lure me away right now.
“There is a lot of space for a vision for United, but I am very happy where I am.
“Since Sir Alex left they were underperforming. They haven’t won the title since he left.
“At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones. You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.
“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players. Then you must have the best possible coaches to develop these players.”
His tone changed in October though, as he revealed he would be open to a move to a football club, though he admitted he had reservations about moving to Old Trafford.
And speaking in October, he told The Guardian: “I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: ‘Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?’ Otherwise you are only getting half of what I am capable of.
“If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful.
“It’s always difficult to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so successful and in place for a long time – and that’s even harder if you are often changing coaches.
“With every coaching change, the identity changes and this is reflected in the sporting development. You can look at the money that team has had available in the last five years and say there has been an underperformance.”