Manchester United ‘s new football director turned down an exciting job role at Inter Milan prior to taking up his new position at Old Trafford.
John Murtough was unveiled as the club’s inaugural football director on Thursday after years of speculation over such a role. Edwin van der Sar had long been linked with the position, with Ed Woodward also interviewing Rio Ferdinand for the job.
Murtough has been at the club since 2013, arriving with David Moyes and outlasting the Scot. In 2016 he was appointed the club’s head of football development.
He will now work alongside Solskjaer on a daily basis regarding the club’s recruitment and have overall leadership of all football strategy.
And it seems Murtough’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
According to The Sun, David Beckham recently tried to poach the football figure.
Beckham and his Inter Miami team reportedly held talks with Murtough in a bid to bring him to Florida to overhaul the MLS club’s work behind the scenes.
However, Murtough turned down the position and has now been rewarded by Woodward for his loyalty.
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It was an ambitious move by Beckham who appears to be taking his role as the club’s chief very seriously.
After a disappointing opening season, the former United man has already replaced last season’s coach with Phil Neville and his search for a director of football continues.
Back in Manchester, though, Murtough will no doubt be getting down to work in his new role with a potentially exciting summer ahead.
And his appointment wasn’t the only news. Former midfielder Darren Fletcher was also named the club’s technical director.
“Darren will still combine with the coaching, of course, maybe a little bit less on the coaching side,“ said Solskjaer after the announcement.
”I’m very happy that we’ve made this decision and the announcement.
“Of course, I’ve known about it for a little while. I’ve known John [Murtough] since I came in, he was here when I came. Now it’s more of a formal role, with the job title. He’s still been working behind the scenes and I’ve worked well with him. It’s a cultural fit.
“We know we’re a work in progress. What we’re doing, we just want to improve on and better it. So I’m very happy with what we have. We’ve still got the continuity of the last few years, but have got new ideas and fresh thinking with Fletch, who’s been at the club before and has come back now.”