Richard Arnold and John Murtough ‘at risk’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds meetings with Joel Glazer over Man Utd changes

Ratcliffe is pushing through a deal to acquire 25 per cent of the Old Trafford club.

Richard Arnold and John Murtough ‘at risk’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds meetings with Joel Glazer over Man Utd changes
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe set to acquire 25 per cent of United (Picture: Getty)

The roles of Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough are at risk following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s initial meetings with co-chairman Joel Glazer.

The British billionaire and INOES are poised to purchase 25 per cent of the Old Trafford club for more than £1.25billion after Sheikh Jassim withdrew his offer last month.

Ratcliffe wants his group to assume full control of the football operations side of the business as part of their minority takeover.

The Manchester Evening News report Ratcliffe has been holding virtual meetings with co-chairman Glazer ahead of that minority investment becoming official, with potential changes to United’s structure among the talking points.

That includes personnel changes, with Arnold and Murtough ‘at risk’, according to the report.

Arnold took the chief executive post at United in February 2022 following the departure of Ed Woodward having held various roles at the club since 2007.

Murtough is another who has risen through the ranks, becoming the club’s football director in March 2021.

Richard Arnold
Arnold’s future at the club has come into doubt (Picture: Getty)

Murtough has also been supported in his role by technical director Darren Fletcher but recent reports have suggested Ratcliffe will look to bring in a more proven name in Paul Mitchell.

Former Monaco transfer chief Mitchell – who previously worked at RB Leipzig and Tottenham – left his role with the Ligue 1 side to move back home to Manchester and has been heavily linked with a role at Old Trafford in the past.

Mitchell’s time at Monaco overlapped with Ineos buying fellow Ligue 1 side Nice and it has been noted that Monaco were top of the table when he left after several successful transfer windows.

On the pitch, United secured a dramatic win at Fulham on Saturday to somewhat ease the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag following heavy back-to-back defeats at home to Manchester City and Newcastle United.

United take on Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday, in desperate need of a positive result having lost two of their three group games so far.

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