The Scot’s influence at Old Trafford has been reduced by the Glazers but the Special One intends to bring him back into the fray, report Glasgow Live
Jose Mourinho has moved to increase Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s influence on decision-making at Old Trafford as part of the manager’s efforts to return Manchester United to the summit of English football.
Ferguson has been the most publicly prominent member of United’s ‘Football Club Board’ since the Glaswegian voluntarily stepped down as manager in the summer of 2013.
His directorship, however, has been essentially titular, with the main board of Manchester United plc regularly ignoring his counsel on how the club should be run.
Though Ferguson was allowed to select his immediate successor as manager as a condition of his retirement, the nine-man plc board is understood to have excluded him from the appointment processes that resulted in first Louis van Gaal in 2014, then Mourinho this summer, taking the key job.
United’s other Football Club Board directors, including Sir Bobby Charlton and former chief executive David Gill, have also been sidelined.
The main plc board is comprised of Glazer siblings Joel, Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Darcie, and Edward, plus executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, group managing director Richard Arnold and commercial director Jamieson Reigle. None of the nine directors possess experience of running a football club before joining United’s board.
According to club sources, Ferguson has been frustrated by the limitations of his own directorship at United.
While the Scot has been well remunerated by the Glazers in his role as a ‘global ambassador’ for the club, Ferguson believes his experience, knowledge and skills should be deployed to help run United more efficiently.
Mourinho is sympathetic to that position and is pushing for Ferguson’s subsidiary board to be more closely integrated with the Glazer-led plc board.
The Portuguese has long held a strong relationship with the 74-year-old, and was initially selected by Ferguson to take over as United’s manager for the 2013/14 season before Roman Abramovich intervened to tempt him back to Chelsea for a second spell.