'I'm Stunned' - Danny Mills savages 'Ludicrous' Man United reported plans to hire big-name duo


Danny Mills has slammed reported Manchester United plans to recruit a big-name former star like Rio Ferdinand or Darren Fletcher to be their first-ever technical director.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international is “stunned” at what he believes would be an “utterly ludicrous” appointment.

This comes after widespread reports that the Premier League giants have held negotiations with ex-defender Ferdinand and ex-midfielder Fletcher about the newly-created post.

Sky Sports claim 35-year-old Fletcher, who left Stoke City after being released at the end of the season, is the leading candidate to be the technical director.

“It’s utterly ludicrous that Man United are considering Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher,” Mills told Football Insider. “I’m stunned. How can a former great player just go to Man United and be sporting director?

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“What understanding do they have of accountancy and player budgets? Do they have business acumen and understand how to build a squad while working to a budget? Of course, they don’t.

“That’s something that you have to learn and I don’t think it would work. Yes, Ajax have recruited club legends to executive roles, but people like Marc Overmars started at the bottom and learned their trade.

“It’s not just a job someone can walk into. You need an incredible knowledge of football, to understand players and their needs, and also to understands business.

“Look at Dan Ashworth, who started at the bottom and learned various roles before graduating to sporting director jobs, and he is outstanding at the role.”

It has been reported that United want to overhaul their recruitment set-up after a wretched season ended in a sixth-place Premier League finish.

The plan is to bring in someone who can act as the glue between the board and the manager, and will work closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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