Man United director of football operations 'set to depart'

Man United director of football operations Alan Dawson ‘is set to depart the club’ after over five years in the role in latest staff change behind the scenes at Old Trafford

  • Dawson joined United in 2012 and took on his current role in September 2017
  • Reports suggest he will leave his position ‘in due course after a special project’
  • His responsibilities include travel, security, logistics and the training ground
  • It is the latest behind-the-scenes move at Old Trafford in the past few months 

Manchester United’s director of football operations ‘is poised to depart the club’ in the latest behind-the-scenes upheaval at Old Trafford.

Alan Dawson MBE, who has occupied the role since September 2017, is set to remain on initially to work on an ‘unspecified special project.’

But, according to The Athletic, Dawson will exit the club ‘in due course’ though this hasn’t been fully confirmed.

Manchester United’s director of football operations ‘is set to leave the club in due course’

Alan Dawson MBE has been in post for over five years and has spent a decade with the club

Dawson initially joined United in April 2012 and served in the posts of Commercial Operations Director, Director of Business Development and Group Operations Director before his current post.

Prior to that he served in the Royal Air Force for 17 years, including three as Squadron Commander.

His responsibilities lie away from the playing side, with a focus on matters such as travel, security, logistics and training ground operations.

It is the latest of several changes in the Old Trafford hierarchy in recent months.

Director of football negotiations Matt Judge resigned earlier this year, with chief strategy officer Hemen Tseayo also departing.

United’s director of football negotiations Matt Judge (pictured behind former executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward) stepped down earlier this year

Richard Arnold (centre) became United’s chief executive back in January 

It followed Richard Arnold’s appointment as chief executive last January and football director John Murtough being given wider responsibilities.

Incoming staff have included deputy football director Andy O’Boyle, head of women’s football Polly Bancroft and director of data science Dominic Jordan.

United were beaten 3-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday to leave them sitting fifth in the Premier League table, some 11 points shy of leaders Arsenal.

They have been drawn to face Barcelona in a Europa League play-off in February after failing to top their group.

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