Manchester United are considering Rio Ferdinand for the role of the Sporting Director.
The former United defender currently is working as a TV pundit after hanging up his boots and is believed to be a frontrunner for the position. The club is desperate to hire a new Sporting Director before the new season commences.
A number of other heavyweight candidates including RB Leipzig’s recruitment head Paul Mitchell are also in the frame for this role. The new director will oversee the football activities and will act as a bridge between the manager and the chief executive.
Ferdinand might not have any experience in football administration but knows the club by its roots having played here for more than 12 years. Ed Woodward has already sounded out the former defender and Ferdinand could be seen in an entirely different role at the club.
Former manager Jose Mourinho refused to work with a Sporting Director but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have any problems in sharing his duties. Especially when United are about to enter the summer transfer market and the addition of a new Sporting Director could be a masterstroke given their recent transfer debacles.