Man Utd chief Richard Arnold issues a two-word warning to Erik ten Hag and John Murtough.
Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold has warned Erik ten Hag and John Murtough that they must not have ‘d********’ at the club, according to reports. The Red Devils supremo replaced Ed Woodward last year. And he has already had a positive impact on many people at Old Trafford and Carrington.
Woodward left United last year, resigning after failing to improve the club and watching a plan to join a European Super League go up in smoke.
And Arnold, according to the Telegraph, has made a positive impression since arriving.
It is said that while he was happy to allow Ten Hag and Murtough to oversee footballing affairs, he also issued a warning to the two men when they discussed their plans over the summer.
He reportedly wanted the pair to implement a ‘no d*********’ policy, as he had had enough of the ‘troublemakers and problem gamblers’.
Arnold also played a pivotal role in the Glazers’ about-face on their initial transfer plans for the summer.
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United would end up spending £75m more than expected, with Casemiro and Antony arriving after early defeats at Brighton and Brentford.
The extra cash is said to have been spat out on the condition that Ten Hag knew there would be little to spend in January.
And Arnold « was the one who reminded Ten Hag of that » when the Dutchman lobbied for the club to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
« He’s pretty good at handling these tensions, » a source reportedly said of Arnold’s handling of the situation.
Arnold wants to bring back United’s glory days after a decade of mediocrity since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
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And Ferguson is being listened to again, now, for the first time in years.
United heeded the Scot’s advice when signing David Moyes as manager in 2013.
But Ferguson was often sidelined by Woodward, with his advice not sought when the Red Devils went from one crisis to another.
When United signed Arnold, many suspected it was because he was close to Woodward.
Yet, the two men are said to be different characters. An insider said: « There was a kind of perception that Richard was Woodward’s sidekick, but he was awfully cautious about where and how he honed his particular attributes.
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“Friendship has been exaggerated. They are very different personalities. »
Arnold himself is said to operate with little ego on him.
And it feels like United are finally starting to pull themselves together and plan for a brighter future with Ten Hag in charge.
Speaking at a fan forum earlier this month, Arnold made it clear that fans would be « an integral part » of any potential new owner.
“What is clear is that supporters will be integral to Manchester United’s success, whatever the ownership model,” he said.
“And we see this body as an important part of the governance structure of the club, regardless of what happens with the strategic review.
“We will certainly advise any potential new investor on the value of the supporter engagement processes we have put in place over the past few years, and recommend that they continue to be strengthened. »
And Arnold said: “As part of this process, the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investments in the club, a sale or other transactions involving the company.
« This will include an assessment of several initiatives to strengthen the club, including stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and the expansion of the club’s commercial operations globally, each in the context of improving success at term of the club’s men’s, women’s and varsity teams, and benefits for fans and other stakeholders.
“When and in what form this investment arrives remains unclear, but I am confident in saying that it will be a positive process for the club because we understand all the capital needs that we have, in terms of stadium and ground redevelopment. training while continuing to build a winning team. »