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Gary Neville dismisses the impact of new Manchester United appointments


Gary Neville is not sure Manchester United can expect much change after some new appointments this week (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United appointed John Murtough as Football Director and Darren Fletcher as Technical Director this week, but Gary Neville does not think fans should expect to see much direct impact on the first team from either of those moves.

It has been a long-awaited move from the Red Devils, with a change in the set-up talked about for many months, although the appointments were a little underwhelming when they came.

Murtough has been at Old Trafford since 2013 and was previously the club’s Head of Football Development and Neville is not sure his new role will be that different from his previous one.

‘I think the appointments of John Murtough and Darren Fletcher are internal appointments really, John Murtough has been at the club for eight seasons,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘Darren Fletcher has obviously known the club for a long time. It’s quite clear that the direction of the club is to go down the path of people who know and understand the DNA of the club.

‘Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…there’s five or six players that have lived through the Sir Alex Ferguson era, that know what it means.

‘In terms of the appointment of John Murtough as Football Director, I don’t see that as being a critical appointment in the sense of Manchester United winning or not winning the league in the next three or four years.

‘When you look at the job description, I don’t think he has the veto to sack the manager or appoint a manager, sign a player or get rid of a player. I think that will still come down to the same people as before.’

Manchester United returned to second in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, but they are 14 points behind Man City at the top of the table.

Neville recognises there is still a huge gap to bridge and, while they are heading in the right direction, the new roles are unlikely to see the leap made much quicker.

‘There is still a big step up to get to the level of Manchester City and that’s the big jump that John Murtough, Darren Fletcher, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest of the staff have to make in the next 12-18 months,’ he said.

‘I don’t see the appointments this week being massively influential in the first team success in terms of winning a Champions League or league title.’


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