Why the hell are you judging Murtough on the first team when he's only been in full command since around the time Woodward/Ole left. Hiring Rangnick was his first real big decision. You can only judge his success/failure 2-3 years from now. It's a long term role not a short term one.
Additionally, just because we were producing quality doesn't mean the youth system was functioning properly. Andy Mitten and other journalists were complaining about the setup. In fact, our own players were sending their kids to Man City's academy among others because of the standards that had fallen since Fergie left. We revamped the structure and brought in new people, poaching at least one person from a ladder-climbing job. Whether all that work bears fruit we'll know within the next 5 years or so. Mjebri would have been one of the people he recruited so that may be a test for the work along with how the likes of Garnacho does.
I don't want to be overly defending him because we've yet to see how all his work will turn out but give him a chance with an actual objective outlook not bias/agenda.
So the first team failures are attributed to him even though it has been going on for a few years, even before his arrival, but the youth team success can't be attributed to him because it was happening even before his arrival. Makes perfect sense.
Folks having been arguing with me a week solid now and most don't seem aware of the fact.....He joined United with Moyes in 2013 as head of "Football Development"
Has he developed some areas of football at the club, yeah sure he has like the women's team and the youth set up is in or around what it was anyway yet he his been praised for it.
The men's first team has not in anyway developed, it has declined and yet he has received a promotion on top of that and now has hired Ralf Rangnick to hand hold him through this new DoF role for the next 2 years. Now you can say there is no proof of that, but its staring us all in the face when basically most every media outlet is saying RR strongly advised the board to hire ETH.
There's very little evidence to suggest Murtagh has done a good job, never mind a great one!
If folks could read up on the guy and realize the role he was in and got promoted to...that'd be great.
I can't understand all these people rushing to defend Murtagh - does he have that many sons and grandsons and are they all on here...? To me, he's just another "suit", not much different to many of those who have gone before. Let's see how far he backs ETH in the transfer market, because he did sod all to help RR
Aye, yet everyone just rushes to Blame Woodward for everything wrong at the club... if it's not Ed its Judge.
There's enough blame to go around for all, but folks seem to want to absolve Murtagh...the very guy who was tasked with developing our football and hasn't.