The Daily Mirror reports that “Manchester United are stepping up their search for a new technical director” (link). The search for United’s first ever Technical Director has gone on for over a year. It involves bringing in a former player “who understands the culture of the club”.
The role was originally described as a Director of Football charged with long-term planning of recruitment. There is a suggestion that the role is now one in which the Director would form part of a recruitment team, alongside the manager, and others (link).
The Daily Mirror notes “the new Technical Director would fit in within that structure rather than take it over because there is a strong feeling at Old Trafford they had a good summer which pushed the club in the right direction” (link).
Andrew Cave (2019) notes that a number of other teams have appointed Directors.
- Manchester City: Txiki Begiristain (link).
- Liverpool: Michael Edwards (link).
- Chelsea: Petr Cech (link).
- Arsenal: Edu (link).
- Paris Saint-Germain: Leonardo (link).
- Barcelona: Eric Abidal (link)
- Bayern Munich: Hasan Salihamidzic (link).
- Juventus: Fabio Paratici (link).
- RB Leipzig: Paul Mitchell (link).
- Ajax: Marc Overmars (link).
Andrew notes that “Winning eras are characterised by healthy funding, shrewd signings, solid coaching, strong, characterful management and an X factor that brings to life all that dull talk about talent management and the ability to motivate and steer a team”.
It will be interesting to see how each of these Directors bring their vision to these winning eras. A key issuse for me is how successful players transition into the roles that are being created and are able to guide the transformation that all of them seek.
There is a Football Association Level 5 qualification. The course has six modules with in-club support provided by an FA tutor. There are twenty-five contact days in total as a group, with workshops based at St. George’s Park and visits to high performing organisations and visits hosted by clubs. There is a three-day study to Europe.
The learning outcomes for the course are:
- Self-awareness and its impact on leadership
- Leadership philosophy and application
- Understanding of high-performing teams
- Knowledge and awareness of world-leading insights into first team performance recruitment, academy, and science and medicine departments
- Appreciation of club infrastructure and alignment of resources to deliver sustainable success
- Understanding and application of the rules, regulations and governance
- Long-term people development skills and succession planning
There is a prospectus available for the course (link).
Txiki Begiristain (BBC)