Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ole's Happy to Bring in a Helping Hand

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ole's Happy to Bring in a Helping Hand

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OLE Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for United to appoint a director of football now they have named him as permanent manager and is discussing it with Ed Woodward.

The Reds indicated upon the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December they would look to install a technical director as part of the restructuring of the club.

Senior club sources indicated three months ago Mourinho, who fell out with previous director of footballs Jorge Valdano and Michael Emenalo at Real Madrid and Chelsea, was opposed to working with one.

Solskjaer revealed he is speaking with United executive vice-chairman Woodward and co-chairman Joel Glazer to identify the ideal candidate to come in.

The Norwegian believes it is sensible for a manager to split responsibilities.

"Football has changed and the structure at football clubs has changed," Solskjaer said. "Me and Ed and Joel for that matter are, of course, looking to how can this club be run as smoothly and as well as possible. So we'll see what the club will end up with and I'm happy discussing football with knowledgeable people in the right positions anyway.

"From the first couple of managers, it used to be club secretaries back when we were founded more than 100 years ago. But that's the way football goes, I think. A manager can't do as much as he used to do when my gaffer started.

"I'm feeling older and older, 46 is quite a good number! I think the demands of football nowadays means you've got to split responsibilities."

Solskjaer was again asked whether it would be tougher for United to attract their Man United, and ambitions always be for Ole Solskjaer preferred targets next season if they failed to qualify for the Champions League next term.

"I've answered that question quite a few times," Solskjaer reiterated ahead of tonight's Premier League game at Wolves. "Man United and our history and our ambitions and our potential will always be interesting for players. …

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