Manchester United Football Director John Murtough turned down a role with MLS side Inter Miami in order to make history at Old Trafford.
Murtough became United’s first ever Football Director on Wednesday when the Red Devils made the historic appointment, which also brought news of Darren Fletcher becoming a Technical Director.
The appointment brings United’s three-year search for a Football Director to an end and it turns out that the man they craved was at the club the whole time, with Murtough joining United during David Moyes’ 10-month stint at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, before accepting the role at United, Murtough held extensive talks with Beckham over a move to south Florida, according to the Sun.
Beckham offered Murtough the chance to become the figurehead operator at Inter Miami, overseeing the club’s second season in MLS.
While a move Stateside appealed to Murtough, he felt the opportunity to make history with United was too good to turn down.
Supporters have been calling for a modernising of United’s approach in recent years, having seem the club squander millions in the transfer market as they jumped from manager to manager.
Murtough has been promoted from within and his existing relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should make matters easier with the Norwegian.
‘As football director, John will work day-to-day with Ole to align recruitment and other strategies and to ensure that the first team has the best-in-class operational support it needs to succeed,’ a United statement read.
‘Ole will continue his role in the recruitment process, supported by extensive scouting and data analytics functions that will continue to report to John. Matt Judge [previously head of corporate development] will also report to John, with a new title of Director of Football Negotiations.
‘John will have overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions, reinforcing the strong foundations already in place. This appointment builds on the work John has already undertaken in recent years, working closely with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the rest of the football staff to create the structures, processes and culture to deliver sustained success on the pitch. This has included successful overhauls of the club’s academy and recruitment department.’