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Who is David Harrison? All you need to know about Man Utd's new director of football operations

Ryan Smart

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Who is David Harrison? All you need to know about Man Utd's new director of football operations

Manchester United have appointed David Harrison as their new director of football operations to lead all operational aspects of the club's football activities. But who is the new appointment?

Harrison arrives from Everton, where he performed the same role, and will report to United football director John Murtough.

In a club statement announcing the news, United said: "David will report to John Murtough, Football Director, and be based at the Carrington Training Centre, with responsibility for ensuring that our football operations run as smoothly and effectively as possible.

"This will include management of all our Football Operations at Carrington for the men's, women's and Academy teams, including crucial areas such as football administration, team travel and player support."



United's current technical director is former midfielder Darren Fletcher, and he has been working alongside Murtough since his appointment in March 2021. It is unclear whether Harrison's appointment will have any impact on Fletcher's roles and responsibilities.

Here are some more details on the identity of United's newest staff member.

Who is David Harrison, the new Man Utd director of football?


Harrison moves to Old Trafford from Everton, where he performed various roles over a 27-year spell.

Murtough confirmed in the club statement that United had identified him for his 'deep experience and knowledge' that he holds, describing Harrison as 'one of the most able and respected operators in football'.

Harrison rose through the ranks at Everton, and will leave the club at the end of February to start his new role at United.

He has been director of football operations at the Toffees since June 2018, having spent the previous 16 years as club secretary. He was also a non-executive director at the Liverpool County FA.


As per the Liverpool Echo, he was known as 'Contract Dave' by figures at the Merseyside club due to his tendency to smile alongside new signings when announced.

Speaking about his appointment, Harrison said: "I'm excited to be taking this role at time of such opportunity and promise for Manchester United.

"I will always cherish my memories of 27 years at Everton and wish everyone at Goodison and Finch Farm all the best for the future.

"Now, my focus is on helping Manchester United create the best possible operating environment to support success on the pitch."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Everton FC

Topics: Everton, Manchester United, Football, Premier League

Ryan Smart
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