RIO FERDINAND’S hopes of becoming Manchester United’s new technical director appear to have been dashed.
Ferdinand held talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last week about taking up a role in a new structure at Old Trafford.
That led to suggestions he was being considered for the top job as sporting director Woodward is looking to appoint in the coming weeks.
But according to reports, the position they have in mind for the 40-year-old is not the most senior they are looking to fill.
The Mail say Ferdinand’s job would not be as overall “transfer supremo” – meaning he is no longer in the frame for the key job overseeing player recruitment.
Instead, it seems they want to utilise Ferdinand’s reputation and standing as a United legend to help deliver the right culture at Old Trafford.
And they also believe he has an extensive network of connections with players and agents across the world which would improve the talent pool available to the club.
Meanwhile, another United legend Paul Scholes has claimed United are making a mistake by trying to bring in a director of football.
Scholes has dismissed the need for such a person, claiming only the manager should be responsible for signing new players.
He said: “It seems like a waste of time to be honest with you. I don’t understand why clubs need a director of football.
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“If you’ve got a manager, he’s the one who buys the players.
“He’s got a chief scout, obviously, who recommends players and he watches them and then buys them.
“A director of football role, for me, isn’t needed. It’s just creating jobs around clubs that aren’t necessary.”