Man United may have been about to sack Judge - Kieran Maguire

By Kieran Maguire

6th May, 2022 | 11:34am

Kieran Maguire issues Matt Judge sack claim amid Man United boardroom fall-out

Matt Judge may have “jumped before he was pushed” amid a fall-out in the Man United boardroom.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Red Devils’ now-former director of football negotiations.

As relayed by The Athletic last Thursday (29 April), Judge has left his post after eight years at Old Trafford.

The same outlet reported on Monday (2 May) that the powerbroker was disillusioned with life under new United chief executive Richard Arnold.

It is understood that Judge was far closer with Arnold’s predecessor, Ed Woodward, who ended his controversial 10-year premiership in January.

Maguire suggests that Judge may have known that he would have been sacked had he not voluntarily vacated his position.

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“Working relationships are all about how you deal with things on a one-to-one basis,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“If you have two executives not rowing in the same direction, it is not in the best interests of the organisation for it to continue on a long-term basis.

“It could in fact be that he jumped before he was pushed. Or, it could be that he feels he could get better job satisfaction elsewhere.”

Judge’s remit as director of football negotiations was to broker transfers and contracts at United.

His departure is part of a wider reshuffle behind the scenes, with Erik ten Hag hired as manager and John Murtough now in charge of recruitment.

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