Inside the first major job of new Manchester United manager Richard Arnold.

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Richard Arnold’s first major job as Manchester United’s new manager is already underway.

From February 1, RICHARD ARNOLD will take over at Manchester United, replacing Ed Woodward.

When he takes over from Ed Woodward next month, RICHARD ARNOLD will take a back seat when it comes to football decisions.

The new CEO will give the football experts the same level of autonomy that he would give marketing or advertising.

It will delegate player decisions to interim manager Ralf Rangnick, Technical Director Darren Fletcher, Football Director John Murtough, and the recruitment department.

If United is to have separate lines of responsibility for transfer policy, the move is seen as critical.

While the board, and by extension the Glazers, are not expected to give the football team complete autonomy, there is a sense that the board, and by extension the Glazers, are dictating a field in which they have no expertise.

Arnold, 50, has a similar background to Woodward, having studied at Bristol University with the outgoing executive vice chairman.

He joined United in 2007 as group managing director and has a background in commerce, sponsorship, retail, and digital media.

The new boss, unlike Woodward, was born and raised in the north west and will be based in Old Trafford rather than London.

Insiders at the club describe him as a tough negotiator who does not tolerate fools but is liked.

The most important job on his to-do list, which is to hire a new manager this summer, may well be his most important and defining decision during his tenure as president.

When the new man is found, Rangick will be promoted to a two-year consulting role.

– A SEASON AT A TIME

13-14 years old

DAVID MOYES and RYAN GIGGS are the managers.

7th place in the PL

Cups: nil

Maraoune Fellaini (£27.5m) and Juan Mata (£27.1m) are two of the club’s most expensive acquisitions.

In April, after sacking Moyes after only 34 games, he appointed Ryan Giggs as an interim manager before appointing Louis Van Gaal as his permanent replacement in May.

15–14

LOUIS VAN GAAL is the manager.

4th place in the PL

There are no cups.

Angel Di Maria (£59.7 million), Anders Herrera (£29 million), Luke Shaw (£27 million), Marcus Rojo (£16 million), Daley Blind (£13.8 million), and Memphis Depay (£25 million) are the most expensive signings.

Van Gaal was given control of recruitment and the purse strings were loosened, but no significant changes were made.

15 to 16

LOUIS VAN GAAL is the manager.

5th place in the Premier League

Won the FA Cup

Matteo Darmian (£12.7 million), Bastian Schweinsteiger (£14.4 million), Anthony Martial (£36 million), Morgan Schneiderlin (£25 million), and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26 million) are the most recent major signings.

Despite some poor transfer decisions, large spending continued.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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