Man Utd: Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to ‘purge’ recruitment department with major overhaul | Football | Sport

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to take action on his promise of “ruthless” change at Manchester United by reaping the club’s recruitment department in the coming months, according to reports. The INEOS era will officially get underway once the Premier League ratifies Ratcliffe’s £1.3billion investment as early as the first week of February.

The 71-year-old will inherit a 29 per cent stake in United and total control of football operations, with the Glazers handing him the keys to Old Trafford.

INEOS have already made a strong statement of their intent by appointing Omar Berrada as the club’s new chief executive, luring him from rivals Manchester United in a move that surprised the industry.

According to the Telegraph, the appointment of a new director of football won’t be too far behind, with plans currently in place to fill the position in the next few weeks.

A purge of United’s recruitment team is said to be expected, and INEOS wanted Berrada in place so he could contribute to the director of football hire as part of a coherent system.

One source told the Telegraph that there are “no sacred cows” at United, indicating how ruthless Ratcliffe and his confidants are ready to get to steer the club in the right direction.

Omar Berrada and United’s new director of football will ultimately decide on Erik ten Hag’s future and whether the club need to appoint another senior figure in a potentially gutted and redrawn recruitment team.

INEOS have reportedly quickly recognised that United’s recruitment operation needs a shake-up after a decade of transfer failures and unresponsible use of funds.

United are claimed to consider wise spending paramount under the new regime to help edge away from Premier League profit and sustainability limits.

The report adds that INEOS have cut their director of football search down to a couple of names, which remain to be seen at this stage.

Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth, who also boasts an impressive track record at Brighton and Hove Albion, has been mooted as Ratcliffe’s favoured candidate.

Former Liverpool chiefs Julian Ward and Michael Edwards, Crystal Palace’s Dougie Freedman and ex-Southampton and Tottenham man Paul Mitchell have also been strongly linked.

Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, Atalanta’s Lee Congerton, Juventus’ Cristiano Giuntoli and former AC Milan duo Ricky Masara and Paolo Maldini have also been linked from overseas.

Sir Dave Brailsford and Jean-Claude Blanc have taken INEOS’ two seats on United’s football board, and any appointments will likely report to them and Ratcliffe.

The former’s audit of the club, expected to last around six weeks, will officially commence after ratification next month. However, he has already spent weeks in and around Carrington and Old Trafford.

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