How Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Man United restructure could take shape: A new CEO, a football committee featuring Sir Dave Brailsford... and five figures - including Paolo Maldini and Dougie Freedman - in line for sporting director

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Approaching a twelvemonth to nan time since nan Glazer family announced their volition to make Manchester United disposable to buy, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is still waiting to seal a £1.3billion move for 25 per cent.  

There person been reports that confirmation from United's broadside could tally into adjacent week, while it could return up to different 8 weeks for nan Premier League to rubber-stamp it. 

And truthful Ratcliffe is still immoderate weeks distant from being capable to get stuck into overhauling Manchester United. 

Along pinch his INEOS team, Ratcliffe is expected to return power of shot operations and successful doing truthful thief build retired a caller level to springiness Erik 10 Hag and his players nan top chance of success.

With that successful mind, Mail Sport looks astatine a imaginable United level astatine nan commencement of nan Ratcliffe era.  

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is waiting to complete his £1.3billion acquisition to ain 25% of Man United

United are 1 of nan biggest sporting brands successful nan world, but they are struggling to win

Top of nan tree: The Glazers

Unfortunately for Manchester United fans nan profoundly unpopular Glazer family aren't going anyplace correct now.

Angry United fans resumed protests against nan Glazers for their past lucifer against Luton Town, and those are expected to proceed moreover pinch Ratcliffe's arrival. 

By trading to Ratcliffe, alternatively than his biggest competitor Sheikh Jassim from Qatar, who was seeking a 100 per cent buyout, they tin proceed to tally Manchester United arsenic nan mostly shareholder.

Mail Sport reported past month that nan Glazer family is group to debar a £100m taxation measure arsenic a consequence of nan waste of a liking to Ratcliffe. 

The American owners are expected to debar nan measure aft listing nan nine successful nan Cayman Islands, wherever location is nary superior gains tax. 

Ratcliffe's INEOS Group are successful talks pinch nan Glazer family to seal a £1.3bn woody for 25 per cent of nan nine successful a woody that would manus nan Glazers a profit of £510m, aft they acquired nan nine for £790m successful 2005. 

By trading a number liking to Ratcliffe, nan Glazer family stay successful position astatine Old Trafford

Minority owner: Sir Jim Ratcliffe 

Next would travel Ratcliffe. 

The petrochemicals billionaire, who is nan 2nd richest man successful Britain according to nan Sunday Times' 2023 Rich List, is simply a boyhood Manchester United instrumentality and is stepping in, supposedly, to return power of shot operations.

Ratcliffe is nary alien to sporting investments, pinch stakes successful Mercedes F1 and successful Nice, a French shot squad successful nan apical division. 

While occurrence since his investments person been mixed, location is dream he tin elevate United backmost to trophy contention. 

As good arsenic his £1.3bn finance for his stake, Ratcliffe is is besides apt to perpetrate £245m from his ain individual luck to improving infrastructure astatine United, pinch nan mostly of what would beryllium staggered backing owed earlier nan extremity of nan year.

Industry experts person warned that nan sum - should it beryllium spent successful its entirety connected what is simply a decaying Old Trafford - will not beryllium transformative.

Ratcliffe has a imagination to move United's fortunes astir aft falling down rivals successful caller years

Anti-Glazer protests are heard regularly but they're group to clasp a ample percent of nan club 

There are, too, concerns complete really overmuch nan Glazers will fto spell and let Ratcliffe to property on. Former Man United midfielder Paul Scholes is 1 of nan sceptics.  

Scholes told the Webby & O'Neill YouTube channel: 'I conscionable find it difficult to judge that he's going to beryllium near to his ain devices only owning 25 per cent of nan shot club.

'How are nan Glazers not going to want a opportunity astatine nan apical array erstwhile it comes to shot decisions?

'Obviously you tin tie up contracts, of people you can, but if worldly is past happening that they don't like, you're telling maine they're not going to travel to nan array and person thing to opportunity astir it? I'm judge they will.

'I conscionable find it bizarre. It's evidently a stepping chromatic to him [Ratcliffe] taking complete nan nine permanently, but really agelong that is going to beryllium we don't know. And really overmuch clip has he sewage to effort and get things right?'

Football committee 

Perhaps 1 of nan astir important parts of a Ratcliffe revolution.

As good arsenic nan Glazers, Ratcliffe and his INEOS state Sir Dave Brailsford, a sporting head would apt shape a cardinal portion of immoderate shot committee. 

Dougie Freedman, Lee Congerton, Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara, and Atletico Madrid's Andrea Berta are each understood to beryllium successful contention, while Paul Mitchell is believed not to beryllium successful nan running. 

Freedman has built his estimation aft overseeing nan acquisitions of young stars Michael Olise, Marc Guehi and Eberechi Eze. 

Dougie Freedman of Crystal Palace has emerged arsenic a contender for a domiciled astatine Man United

Meanwhile, nan likes of Berta and Congerton person forged awesome reputations connected nan continent.

The Telegraph reported Congerton, presently nan caput of elder recruitment astatine Serie A nine Atalanta, arsenic a contender for nan job.

The Welshman, 51, was responsible for bringing Rasmus Hojlund successful from Sturm Graz for £14.85m and past trading nan Danish striker connected to United for a chunky £72m conscionable a twelvemonth later.

Prior to Atalanta, Congerton was a coach astatine Liverpool and past astatine Chelsea nether Jose Mourinho, later heading up nan Blues' scouting department.

Berta, meanwhile, has been linked pinch not only United but besides Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain successful caller weeks.

The Italian has gained a affirmative estimation wrong shot aft whipping Atletico's transportation argumentation into style during a decade of success.

Andrea Berta (left) welcomes Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid successful nan summertime of 2019

Lee Congerton, pictured erstwhile he worked pinch Brendan Rodgers astatine Celtic, is simply a contender

He was their method head arsenic they reached Champions League finals successful 2014 and 2016, losing connected some occasions to rivals Real Madrid. The nine won nan LaLiga title successful 2014.

While location is judge to beryllium tons of statement connected who is nan correct fresh - pinch head of shot John Murtough's spot reportedly vulnerable,  location are besides apt to beryllium mobility marks complete Andy O'Boyle (Deputy Football Director) and Darren Fletcher (Technical Director) if Murtough departs. 

Were some to opportunity they would almost surely go portion of a shot committee, but Ratcliffe won't want excessively galore intefering strategies arsenic he builds retired a imagination to get United backmost connected track. 


While United's apical lawyer Patrick Stewart will return complete connected an interim basis, 1 of Ratcliffe's cardinal aides, INEOS Sport main executive Jean-Claude Blanc, is viewed arsenic a imaginable imperishable replacement. 

Blanc is nan Harvard postgraduate nicknamed nan 'Lionel Messi of sports business' - and is personification Ratcliffe trusts implicitly.

With Richard Arnold departing, Ratcliffe is going to request personification successful spot that he has full religion successful to thief present his vision.

Should he return connected nan domiciled of CEO, Blanc would connection a wealthiness of acquisition pursuing gigs with the Tour de France, nan Paris Dakar, nan French Open and nan Davis Cup, each to spell pinch an MBA earned at Harvard Business School successful 1994.

Jean-Claude Blanc is 1 of nan frontrunners to beryllium nan caller CEO of Manchester United

Blanc (centre) is simply a trusted state of Ratcliffe (right), who is buying 25% of Manchester United

One illustration of Blanc, father of 2 children, Eléa and Hugo, transforming fortunes comes pinch his occurrence pinch nan French Open aft being promoted to CEO.

His innovative ideas - which included adding an other play to nan Slam by starting connected a Sunday alternatively than a Monday - dramatically elevated its commercialized success. 

Similarly transformative moves astatine some Juventus - he walked done nan doorway successful Italy caller from a match-fixing ungraded - and PSG, wherever he turned them into a commercialized powerhouse, grounds Blanc would not find nan size of Manchester United daunting.  

Legal: Patrick Stewart

In nan interim shape Stewart will slot successful arsenic CEO but erstwhile a imperishable successor to Arnold is appointed it is assumed that Stewart will return to his domiciled as Man United's main ineligible serviceman and wide counsel. 

Ratcliffe will want to put his stamp connected United's level but keeping clasp of Stewart feels for illustration a nary brainer. 

Patrick Stewart will return connected an interim CEO domiciled arsenic they hunt for a full-time successor

Stewart is viewed arsenic a highly knowledgeable and respected fig wrong nan nine and crossed football, pinch nan charismatic starring nine liaison pinch governing and typical bodies. 

The solicitor, who has worked for nan nine since 2006, is typically responsible for managing nan ineligible and regulatory affairs arsenic good arsenic its relationships pinch shot stakeholders.

Stewart was appointed to Man United's committee astatine nan extremity of 2022, soon aft nan Glazer family announced nan takeover process.

He has reportedly taken a starring domiciled successful caller weeks regarding nan waste of nan liking to Ratcliffe and those relations should guidelines him successful bully stead.

He besides useful arsenic an arbitrator astatine nan Court of Arbitration for Sport, aft being nominated by nan European Club Association in 2018.

Prior to joining Man United, Stewart worked for 2 starring UK commercialized rule firms and TEAM Marketing AG, nan Swiss sports trading agency responsible for trading commercialized authorities to nan UEFA Champions League.

Finances: Cliff Baty

Again, Ratcliffe would beryllium sensible to thin connected immoderate acquainted faces astatine Old Trafford, alternatively than rip it each up from nan off.

One of those he could move to early connected is Chief Financial Officer, Cliff Baty, who is been successful his existent domiciled astatine United since 2016.

There is, of course, a chance that Ratcliffe will want his ain money man successful location arsenic portion of this wider refresh. 

But Baty's credentials propose he is personification worthy keeping around. 

Cliff Baty (left) has been a cardinal fig down nan scenes arsenic United's Chief Financial Officer

Baty is responsible for managing each aspects of financial reporting and financial power for nan club. 

Prior to joining United he served arsenic CFO and a personnel of nan Board of Directors of Sporttech plc, a starring excavation betting usability and exertion supplier.

The qualified Chartered Accountant, who received a Bachelor of Arts grade successful Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford University successful 1992, has almost 20 years apical level acquisition successful elder roles astatine immoderate of nan biggest businesses successful nan world. 

Manager: Erik 10 Hag

Undoubtedly 1 of nan astir precarious positions whenever location is an ownership alteration is that of nan manager. 

But aft ending Manchester United's six-year trophy drought past play by winning nan Carabao Cup, location is simply a emotion astatine Old Trafford that Ten Hag has capable in installments successful nan slope to beryllium backed to move a mediocre commencement to nan play around.

United headed into this astir caller world break arsenic nan astir in-form squad successful nan Premier League crossed nan past 5 matches - and nan situation now is to build connected that. 

Ten Hag met pinch Ratcliffe earlier successful nan twelvemonth erstwhile he made a individual sojourn to Manchester amid nan drawn retired takeover process and while Ratcliffe has his thoughts connected nan shot broadside of things and really transportation argumentation whitethorn request to shift, disposing of Ten Hag doesn't look connected nan agenda.  

Erik 10 Hag is expected to beryllium backed by Ratcliffe to move things astir astatine Old Trafford

Revised scouting network 

Improving nan squad complete a longer word will require an overhaul of nan club's scouting network. 

Mail Sport reported past week that Manchester United has enlisted nan services of American recruitment patient Pace, based successful Los Angeles, to place a caller talent scout for emerging players. 

The determination comes arsenic nan nine consciousness they are lacking successful their scouting department, peculiarly successful comparison to Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, according to The Sun. 

The alteration to utilizing an outer agency for talent acquisition, alternatively than an in-house section is simply a displacement distant from United's accepted methods. 

The question and reply process has besides changed, pinch candidates being assessed done computer-based interviews, alternatively than accepted face-to-face interviews. 

This strategical move follows Ratcliffe's increasing power astatine United, marked by nan departure of nan club's main executive, Richard Arnold. 

Man United consciousness they are falling down arsenic rivals Man City person succeeded successful uncovering caller talent


Now these batch really are nether nan microscope arsenic portion of a caller regime.

Too galore person massively underperformed fixed their staggering wages and exorbitant transportation fees. 

United person spent a whopping £1.4billion connected transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson near his domiciled arsenic head and retired a decade ago. Current incumbent Ten Hag has spent almost £400m since joining nan nine past summer.

Ratcliffe, for illustration galore apical businessmen, hates wasting money and he is said to person been staggered by nan quality of United's spending.

Reports person circulated that he is fresh to waste £194m worthy of talent successful January to raise costs astatine nan club - pinch Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial all connected nan chopping block.

Should United proceed their turnaround successful shape past immoderate of those whitethorn get a enactment of execution but a cardinal attraction for Ratcliffe and his shot committee moving guardant will beryllium to find worth wherever others don't, alternatively than paying complete nan likelihood for players simply because they are available.  


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