Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

13.14 12 Jun 2019


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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he's open to becoming Manchester United's first-ever technical director. 

He's reportedly on the shortlist for the position and has held talks with the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Ferdinand, who enjoyed a trophy-laden 12-years at Old Trafford, says he needs more detail about the job before making any commitment.

"It all depends on the shape of the job, I don't think it's all been outlined at Man United in terms of 'that's the job and this is the description'. I think there's a lot to talk about within that.

"To be fair to Man United, in that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can't lie and say that that's not a turn-on.

"Because you are helping to shape the fortunes of a club of that stature. That's a huge job.

"All the boxes would have to be ticked that you've got in your head before considering something like that.

"I think decisions made at a football club - not all (but) some of them - should come with a football thought process in the background somewhere, (someone) that understands that side of it and can make that kind of decision."

The former England defender also thinks United are still struggling to find a cohesive philosophy since Alex Ferguson retired six-years ago.

Man United are looking for their ideology still, they went away from it after Sir Alex Ferguson, they tried to take it on under different managers and it didn’t work, so they are still searching.

“There needs to be some sort of story at a football club for the stars and the staff to believe in. Liverpool have got that, Jurgen Klopp has created that. Man City have got that — Pep has created that. But they have been allowed to create it. They have had time.

“Do I think Man United can do that? I think time will tell — Ole has a window to work in and then he has to put that jigsaw in place. It is a big gap between Man City, Liverpool and Spurs. They will build again, they will recruit again.”


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