Ed Woodward rejected Steve Walsh’s name as advised by Sir Alex Ferguson with the club still way away from hiring a sporting director.
Sir Alex Ferguson left his managerial post at Manchester United in 2013. However, the great Scot still holds a lot of sway at the club. But it appears that his era of dominance at the club is nearing its end.
At present, the Red Devils are actively searching for a sporting/technical director. Indeed, Woodward is not a sporting person and is now looking to find a suitable candidate who would be able to identify suitable players for the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly recommended former Leicester City scout Steve Walsh for the role. According to Daily Mail, Ed Woodward rejected the idea outright.
It must be noted that Walsh was one of the key men behind Leicester City’s rise to the Premier League and eventual title triumph. He was behind the signings of the N’Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. All three men have gone on to establish themselves as Premier League stars.
After his time at Leicester ended, Walsh moved to Everton to oversee the club’s recruitment under former managers, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.
It was there Walsh’s repute took a hit. The Toffees spent millions of Euros on new players but things didn’t work out and Walsh was blamed for many of those signings.
However, Walsh is still regarded as someone who has a great eye for a talented player. His opinion still matters which was why Sir Alex Ferguson touted his name.
Ed Woodward is reportedly interested in another man who Sir Alex Ferguson knows well. Darren Fletcher has been linked with a move to United in recent times and is liked by Woodward too.
The former Scotland international understands the club and its ethos and is seen as a great link between the board and the staff.