Richard Arnold will have the final say in the appointment of the next Manchester United manager, as per Ian McGarry.
The 50-year-old has been appointed as the new CEO of the club after Ed Woodward has decided to step down after a decade in charge. Despite stepping down from his position, the former Red Devils CEO will remain at the club until April.
Speaking on Transfer Window Podcast, quoted by Express, McGarry said that following the resignation of Woodward, Arnold will be in charge of making the football decisions and his first responsibility will be to appoint the next manager. The former CEO will not be involved in the decision making and will not influence the appointment of Ralf Rangnick’s successor.
McGarry also claims that Arnold was keen on having full power at the club and now he has got his way. However, Woodward might still advise the new CEO but will not be involved directly. He said:
“Richard Arnold’s brief to find a new coach for next season has also been occasioned by the fact that Ed Woodward, who had been briefing that he would be consulting for the club on their recruitment of a new manager even though he’s leaving his post, has now cleared his desk.
“And Richard Arnold was very keen that he should have sole charge of the administrative aspects of the football department. He seems to have got his way. Woodward, apparently, will not be involved but of course, given his very long association with the Glazer family, I’m sure he’ll still talk to them. But there will be no direct influence with regards to a search for a new head coach.”
The Old Trafford faithful were optimistic that the new CEO might bring success to the club as earlier reports were claiming that Arnold is not keen on involving in the football decisions and wants to hand the responsibility to the specialists.
However, this report is completely contrary to that and therefore, the difficult times might continue at the theatre of dreams. Ralf Rangnick will take over the consultancy role following the end of his managerial tenure at the end of this season and the club hierarchy should give him the power to make the football decisions.
Richard Arnold worked alongside Ed Woodward over the last few years and they have taken plenty of poor decisions during this period. Therefore, the new CEO might continue to make the same mistakes if he ignores Rangnick’s advice.
Manchester United haven’t won a trophy since 2017 and their trophy drought could continue if the club management does not change their approach any time soon.