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Ratcliffe to cut around 250 jobs at Man United amid restructuring

New Manchester United minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe will oversee a major restructuring of the club, according to The Telegraph.

Ratcliffe reportedly plans to cut up to 25% of the workforce. This move comes amid concerns about the club’s bloated bureaucracy and a desire to create a best-in-class culture.

He is known for his streamlined decision-making at his INEOS petrochemicals company and is expected to bring in external auditors to review staffing levels. 

The club currently employs 1,112 people, the highest among the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’.

The restructuring is also driven by stricter financial regulations and years of poor recruitment, which have limited United’s spending power. 

Ratcliffe wants to ensure that money is not wasted on the way to restoring the club to its former glory.

Sources close to Ratcliffe say he wants to create clear lines of communication and decision-making. The 71-year-old wants to eliminate layers of bureaucracy that hinder efficiency. 

Ratcliffe will bring more of his people into the fold, and key amongst these executive targets is Newcastle United director Dan Ashworth. 

Ratcliffe wants him to take over as the new sporting director, but Newcastle have no plans of giving Ashworth an easy path to Old Trafford. 

They have placed him on gardening leave and are demanding a lump sum to let him go.

Ratcliffe is also reportedly interested in bringing in Southampton’s Jason Wilcox for a senior recruitment role. United are also looking at Brighton & Hove Albion’s head of recruitment, Sam Jewell.

The restructuring move has been met with mixed reactions. Some fans welcome the shake-up, believing it is necessary to address the club’s problems. 

Others are concerned about job losses and the potential impact on the club’s culture.

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