Massimiliano Allegri wants to become the next Manchester United manager but would likely demand a stronger structure to work in if he landed the job. Pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ramped
Solskjaer has seemingly been a few bad results away from the sack all season despite United’s assurances to the Norwegian coach that he will be given time to realise his vision at the club.
Allegri has kept a close eye on proceedings at Old Trafford since parting ways with Juventus in May after winning his fifth consecutive Scudetto in Turin and has held off on a return to management in the hope that the United job will become available.
The Italian tactician wants to manage United but, according to the Daily Mail, would likely demand some changes to the club’s structure.
Allegri has previously worked at clubs such as Juventus and AC Milan where sporting directors were present to help with recruitment and bridge the gap between the board and the first-team set-up.
United do not currently have a sporting director and instead juggle issues such as transfers between Solskjaer and his coaching staff, the scouting network and senior white-collar figures.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been a prominent figure in the club’s recruitment strategy since the departure of his predecessor David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
The Essex-born businessman has received a lot of criticism for the club’s recruitment post-Fergie and there have been calls from United personalities such as Gary Neville for a sporting director to be appointed.
Allegri’s expected demand would see a new figure head up - and take accountability for - United’s recruitment, causing Woodward and other officials to step back from his footballing duties.
Woodward hit back at critics over the club’s decision-makers and recruitment policy in October last year.