Harry Redknapp believes that Man United should snub their ex-players in favour of an expert as the club’s first ever technical director.
The Red Devils are expected to perform major surgery to their setup and they need someone to look over the football side of things.
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Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward tried handling the two portfolio’s for some time now but hasn’t succeeded at all.
But, Redknapp believes that United should hire make a sensible appointment instead of a sentimental one given the size of restructuring to be done behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
“They’re talking about getting someone in to do it, they’ve got to get the right person in,” he told the Manchester Evening News during BetVictor‘s #HeyHarry campaign.
“They’ve got to get someone in with incredible knowledge of world football. Because they’re not just going to find the players in England. They’re going to have to make sure they know every player in the world who could be a potential signing for them.
“It’s a specialist job. You’ve got to have unbelievable knowledge of players. When the manager says ‘I want a player who can do a certain job’, you’ve got to hit him with four or five world-class, top players around the world who you feel can do that job for him. You sink or swim now as a manager on your recruitment.”
Redknapp further went on to add that United’s long term success will be determined by their DoF recruitment rather than what Solskjaer can conjure with the squad around him.
“It isn’t about coaching or what you do on the training ground,” Redknapp explained. “It’s about players. It hasn’t changed.
“The top six teams have got the best players. That’s why every year, apart from the year we had Leicester, it’s the same six teams. It’ll be the same six next year again. That’s the way it is, they’ve got the best players.
“[Sir] Alex Ferguson was the greatest manager, certainly in the history of the Premier League. Fergie wasn’t a coach, he was a manager who understood the game inside out. He knew players. He wasn’t actually out on the training ground taking incredible training sessions. He was looking at players. It’s all down to recruitment now and who they bring in.”
He also advised United to take a look that their neighbours Man City as a reference for their restructuring.
“Looking at their scouting and recruitment system at Man City, they only bring in top players,” he said.
“I think the people [Pep] Guardiola has got working with him are fantastic. That’s the big thing for Pep.
“He hasn’t got time to keep going off watching players, he’s too busy working everyday, coaching, managing. What Man City have got [director of football, Txiki Begiristain], they say he’s got fantastic knowledge of players everywhere in the world.
“He would have a list of players ready for Pep that they will be looking at and studying and they will pick the right players again, I’m sure. That’s where Man United [have gone wrong], their recruitment hasn’t been good.”