Indeed. This has reportedly been on the agenda for a long time, without any progress being made. Judging by Woodward's investor call last month, I'd say that any plans that did exist have been shelved indefinitely.Guys, don't get your hopes up about a director of football coming to United anytime soon.
The more I think of it the more baffling this becomes for me too. The Glazers are in it for the money and here you have a man who has made hundreds of millions for a couple French clubs coming out with an obvious and loud 'come and get me' plea and they indulge Woodward or Ole in resisting. Shocking mismanagement.I don’t understand Woody on this one at all...
Hire someone like Campos give him a budget to work with and profit.
Less work for him and more recognition by the fans. And it’s not like the Glazers are going to fire him. He’s their adopted CEO after all.
Looking at it entirely objectively, some reasons:Beyond Woody's own ego, I just struggle to understand why we're not getting this sorted. From a money point of view it makes so much sense to get someone in, sort the place out, and then no doubt see profits come in.
They know we need one. They aren’t stupid.That would be great.
Unfortunately, our board is incompetent and don't realize we need one.
That would be idiotic and certainly something you can't put beyond them. However the correlation between football success and commercial success is strong and this post helps the club achieve success efficiently as compared to Mourinho demanding £40m for a 29 year old Matic who is now done just two years on.They know we need one. They aren’t stupid.
They just don’t want to spend money and submit power on something that only helps our footballing side and not our corporate side
Most of the board are Glazers. American sports don't live in the same cut-throat, competitive, world, as the rest of the world. For example: in basketball, baseball, and gridiron they have leagues without proper relegation and promotion. They bring in new players from universities. etc. Sometimes with a draft system where the weakest team get first pick!It makes too much sense for this board. The whole world (not literally) can see that we need this kind of person within our ranks, bar the board. Why? What is there reason?
When did I say it wasn't?The lack of investment started over 6 years ago from the owners. Look at our net spend since they came in.
The club spent alot of money poorly in the years following 2013 but transfer fees are much higher now, they lurch between managers who require totally different styles of players and they are still paying off those transfers in installments. This has led to the low levels of net spend the last 2 Summer's. £65M per Summer.
Minimal investment doesn't guarantee anything. That's the problem. But strategically, in the Glazers eyes, it has the potential to have the highest return on investment.
For the record, finishing 2nd IS finishing in the top 4. Pull yourself together.
This is the kicker, they dont actually want help. If a DOF was genuinely a concern it would have happened by nowThe more I think of it the more baffling this becomes for me too. The Glazers are in it for the money and here you have a man who has made hundreds of millions for a couple French clubs coming out with an obvious and loud 'come and get me' plea and they indulge Woodward or Ole in resisting. Shocking mismanagement.
EXACTLY. Too many fans are of the attitude of, "what can I do?!"If enough fans make it clear we want a guy like this here, the club might listen! They and the media both definitely monitor social channels, as evidenced even in a few recent articles which mention ideas from United fans that are blatantly from topic titles here.
I'd love us to bring in a guy like this, someone with experience and some pedigree. Hopefully he'd help us bring in a top coach too. I don't mind the committee idea, but I'd love a guy like this at the head of it.
Jardim is a good case of why a good DoF is so important. Poch not been so great after Mitchell left neitherI had Campos and Jardim as our metaphorical dream ticket in the early days of the OGS reign as DoF and head coach respectively ... but Jardims stock has fallen a lot but I’d still have Campos in our club.
I do think we need more than one personnel in that department tbf.
Timing of this is what gets me. I mean there were multiple reports that we shelved the DOF/TD search during beginning of the season.I do think we need more than one personnel in that department tbf.
I think we need a head of recruitment, who manages the scouts and compiles the final transfer list.
And a sporting director above who manages the head coach, head of recruitment and also the head of the academy to tie the three functions together.
I really don’t see what Woodward’s issue is, the transfer policy has been disastrous for years, and the squad you have is simply not fit for purpose.Beyond Woody's own ego, I just struggle to understand why we're not getting this sorted. From a money point of view it makes so much sense to get someone in, sort the place out, and then no doubt see profits come in.