We’ve moved into the final stretch of the hiring process.
Well, that’s what people will have you believe.
The internet at this point is a massive guessing game. Everyone wants to be the person that announced #WelcomeMikel. I’d take all of the nonsense with a very large pinch of salt. It’s clear that now there’s a favourite, and people are just looking at that and making educated guesses so they can say they landed there first.
I’ve no doubt Mikel is front of the queue at this time, but I have my doubts that he’s signed, sealed and delivered.
We’ll see though, the embarrassing desperation people have to be seen as ITK is quite incredible.
One article that really did get my back up was the one doing the rounds on Goal.com. Again, clearly there aren’t many journo’s who have an inside line on this deal, the club are playing their cards close to their chest on this one, so that either leads to people saying little or simply making it up.
Goal went all in, stating that not only had Arteta been hired, he was actively culling coaching staff and was responsible for the firing Head of Medical Services, Colin Lewin. Because he didn’t like him!
I went on a bit of rampage about this story yesterday, and they’ve changed it. It was really sloppy journalism that was sensationalising a manager who likely hasn’t even signed on yet.
Just to be clear. The new manager will have ZERO say on the clubs choice for medical services unless we’re hiring an elite manager with the qualifications to have a valid opinion. The club did not get rid of an all-conquering manager, simply to replace him with another all-conquering manager. Outside that, does anyone really think someone desperate for a new role would be making demands to sack a well-liked club medic as his first port of call, based on feelings? It’d not only be daft, it’d be incredibly petty.
The person in charge of firing anyone in the performance arm of the business is Darren Burgess. I’m not sure of exact reporting lines, but my guess is he’ll be feeding directing into Raul. The Spanish Sporting Director type figure will be in control of that side of the club. He’ll likely be responsible for hiring in the coaches. Our new manager will likely have a selection of names he can bring with him, but the team will be small. The club need to own the setup, so when a manager goes, he doesn’t bring the whole backroom staff with him.
Sven will also have his own group of staff that report into him, I’d guess mostly scouts and maybe some data analysts.
The club is moving towards a new model, and that’s been clear from last October. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, we’ve been writing about how proper clubs build out their infrastructures and we appear to be following a more modern path of decentralised power.
I find it really poor that when your one job is writing about football, you still can’t get it right.
One person who does get it right is David Ornstein, he wrote yesterday that the deal isn’t done yet, and there’s still an outside hope that Allegri is in the running. He also made note that all candidates will have been told of the transfer targets, and have agreed with them. As someone pointed out, when you’re looking for a new job, you’re unlikely to say, ‘fuck that mate, those names are shite.’ The rumours are we’re looking at a centre back, a holding midfielder and a world class keeper.
Another agenda item I want to quash is that the club knew they were going to hire Arteta, they’ve just gone through the process of speaking to people for the sake of it. Firstly, we haven’t hired anyone yet, secondly, I think that’s another guess from people disappointed in the prospect of hiring in a manager they know nothing about.
Remember this, United have hired 3 exceptionally experienced manager. Two out and out winners. One being Jose Mourinho. They’ve spent £600m and they’re still shite, finishing a mile off the top of the table, playing garbage football, getting knocked out of the CL by Ben Yedder, not knowing how to play with Sanchez, Lukaku and Paul Pogba. A ‘big name’ is a feeling of security, it’s not a guarantee off success.
Anyway, a fairly short post today. I’ll be back tomorrow, in the meantime, just remember, 16-year-olds on Twitter do not have a direct line into the club, insiders have been so off the mark the whole way through this process, so take their exclusives with a pinch of bollocks, and don’t believe anything that says people are already being fired by a manager who hasn’t been signed.
SEE YOU LATER x
— franchise (@soleeloquy) May 19, 2018