Man Utd Supporters’ Trust demand Arsenal-style revamp of club in wake of Jose Mourinho sacking
19th December 2018

The 55-year-old was dismissed on Tuesday after two-and-a-half seasons at the helm after leading the club to their worst start to a campaign for 28 years.

With a caretaker boss set to be installed for the rest of the season United take time to consider their next move and the identify of their fourth different permanent boss since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

And supporters want a move towards a European-style structure – recently implemented by Arsenal – to ensure there is no repeat of Mourinho's torrid tenure.

A statement from MUST, the club's supporters' trust, read: “We all understand that the role of football manager is a results based position and clearly the results have not been satisfactory.

"The regression of the team led by the manager may be the immediate trigger for today’s action, it is also the result of some poor decisions over the last six years.

"Three managerial appointments each with different playing styles and the player investments that they triggered.

"To achieve long term expectations of our supporters this needs to be a catalyst for a fundamental review of the football operation to reset our culture and playing philosophy, then restructuring the football operation, appointing a manager and investing significantly in player transfers consistent with that philosophy.

"Clearly times have changed since Sir Alex Ferguson ran the club pretty much from top to bottom and a Director of Football role must be a key consideration to lead that process.

"We'd like to see funds for team investment ring-fenced and significant independence given to football appointments by people with football expertise.

"It is important now that we all come together behind the team and we see the players giving their all for the club and the fans for the rest of this season and beyond."

The Manchester Evening News understand United will use the period between now and next season to review operations behind the scenes.

Plans are in place to install a head of football but it remains to be seen how that affects the future of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who has been criticised by supporters since his promotion following David Gill's exit.

Arsenal have undergone a massive change behind the scenes in the past 13 months.

In November 2017, they appointed Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, a move which came just months prior to the departure of Arsene Wenger after 22 years in north London.

And in a major restructure at the start of this season, ex-Barcelona chief Raul Sanllehi became director of football at The Emirates Stadium, with chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham taking over the role of managing director.

Ivan Gazidis left to join AC Milan as their chief executive as the winds of change following Unai Emery's appointment blew through the club.

And with Arsenal having become more competitive on the field in the wake of the overhaul, United fans will hope they can embark on a similar revival next term.

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