Ed Woodward refuses to give updates on Man Uniteds managerial plans

first_imgExecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reiterated that Manchester United will be not be giving any updates on their search for a permanent coach during their campaign.The Red Devils fired Jose Mourinho in December following a poor start to the season, which left United down in sixth-place and 11 points adrift of the top-four in the Premier League.The Portuguese’s relationship with players and staff members had deteriorated with youngsters struggling to develop under Mourinho’s watch.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since thrived at Old Trafford with 10 wins in his opening 12 games in charge.While the Norwegian’s unbeaten start came to an end on Tuesday in their 2-0 first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in their last-16 Champions League tie, Solskjaer is reportedly in the running for the permanent managerial vacancy.Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane have all been linked with United in recent months as well.But Woodward wouldn’t budge when it came to discussing United’s managerial search while in a conference call with investors today.“I’m not going to get into [that],” said Woodward, according to FourFourTwo.“We communicated around December time around what we were doing, with Ole coming in, and what was happening.“The next communication will be when we have something to announce regarding the manager. We’re not going to give updates part way through.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.In regards to reports suggesting United will recruit a sporting director, Woodward appeared to cool off the rumours by instead reflecting in the importance of United’s “overall structure”.“Lots has been written about this,” he said.“Looking at our structures and how we should strengthen all areas of the club is something we do on a continual basis.“We’ve done a lot of changes in the football side in the last four, five years, particularly in the academy, where we’ve materially increased investment and we’re seeing the quality of that now coming on.“On the football side, we’ve invested around the recruitment side, the player-care side, [there is] continued investment with facilities, medical and sports science, so the evolution is continuing.“It’s not necessarily that visible to the outside and, in some respects, you get a multi-year return later on [rather] than an immediate impact.“The evolution of the football side is continuing. With regards to the overall structure, we’re looking at that and ways we can make it stronger.”Next up: Chelsea away in the #EmiratesFACup. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/yLOxIIMrD8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img