Why Rio Ferdinand is the Man for the Job
An advantage Ferdinand, 40, does have is that he only recently stopped playing at a high level. The 81-time England international retired from senior club football in 2015 after a season with Queens Park Rangers. He spent the bulk of his career with United, where he established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs while winning six Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League between 2002 and 2014.
Ferdinand has remained in the game since hanging up his boots, working as a pundit on BT Sport.
Ferdinand played with the Norwegian at United between 2002 and 2007, and he has publicly backed his former team-mate since he succeeded Jose Mourinho in the top job at Old Trafford.
If United appoint a sporting director in the summer, the successful candidate will need to work well alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as this appointment is viewed as a long term rebuild for Manchester United.
What will the Sporting Director do?
The Sporting Director is a modern day position in a football club that advises and oversees the following things:
The academy – Key to United Player development e.g A new Marcus Rashford , Transfers – United need to spend a lot of money and ensure it’s on the correct players that will benefit the club and results . Advising the manager -giving the manager help with deciding transfers , scouting and appointment of new clubs Players – Deciding on which players stay