Manchester United had a disastrous transfer window after failing to sign the players manager Jose Mourinho really needed. This had caused the manager to lash out and aim digs at the Chief Executive Officer Ed Woodward who generally oversees transfers in the club.
Despite signing Fred, Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant, Manchester United failed to land any other target in a list that contains Kovacic (who is now at Chelsea), Perisic, Yerry Mina who left Barcelona for Everton, Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Deigo Godin, Jerome Boateng, Gareth Bale, Willian and others.
In a bid to bridge the gap between the board and the team, the Manchester United board is attempting to abandon the traditional way of leaving transfers to the CEO by modernising their approach and creating a position for Director of Football.
This position will see the CEO relinquish some of his powers over transfer targets to the Director of Football as well as pave the way for someone the Manager can communicate with frequently.
Mourinho fell out with the board and was obviously sad he couldn’t land a centre back and even had this to say after the window closed:
‘I think it will be a difficult season for everybody, not just for us. For us it will be a difficult season because I had my plans, and I had my plans for many months. But I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League, with the market closed, I find myself in a situation that I thought I was not going to be in, but I think it’s the last time I speak about it.
‘That’s football management. I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches