Matt Judge resigned as Manchester United’s director of football negotiations
Matt Judge has resigned from his position as Manchester United’s director of football negotiations, The Athletic can reveal.
It is believed that Judge is currently working out a notice period prior to an expected departure later this year. He is not expected to play an active role in the summer transfer window.
Judge is thought to have been considering his position in recent weeks amid a series of structural changes at Old Trafford, including the departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Sources say his departure was amicable between both parties.
Judge was responsible for negotiating transfers and contracts for Manchester United.
He had been involved in United’s transfer business since the summer of 2014.
Judge had previously been described by former manager Louis van Gaal as Woodward’s “right hand” and has long been one of the most influential figures at the Premier League club.
His exit comes after The Athletic broke the news that chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout were also exiting Old Trafford.
United are currently undergoing a backroom reshuffle.
John Murtough, who had worked closely with Judge, now has strategic leadership of football recruitment at the club.
He will be supported by the club’s recruitment and legal teams as the off-pitch changes continue.
Key to those changes will be the appointment of Erik ten Hag, who was appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor earlier this month.
The club still plan for interim manager Ralf Rangnick to move into a consultancy role.
Rangnick was announced as Austria’s next national team manager at a press conference on Friday.