It is not the done thing and for those who even make the move via other clubs, a la Michael Owen, can have their reputation tarnished among one fanbase. However, radical decisions need to be made by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and it seems deepest sporting rivalries are not going to prevent him from chasing the off field additions he needs.
Step forward reports which surfaced on Thursday suggesting Liverpool&aposs ex-sporting director Michael Edwards is on INEOS&apos shortlist to replace John Murtough, who is on his way out. Between 2011 and 2022, Edwards became synonymous with the Merseyside club.
Beginning as their chief analyst, the 44-year-old rose through the ranks at Anfield and in 2016 landed himself the role of sporting director. During his six year stint, Edwards worked closely with Jurgen Klopp to transform the fortunes at Liverpool and build a side which went on to win the Premier League and Champions League.
Klopp made no secret of his admiration for Edwards and the work he did. In December 2019, the German manager opened up on the working relationship he shared with the Southampton-native.
“[The relationship] is brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” Klopp said. “It is a very good relationship, his whole department is doing a sensational job. It was an easy decision making at these times in Liverpool.
“It is good. It is all based on a lot of thought, he is a very thoughtful person and we dont have to always have to have the same opinion from the first second of a conversation but we finish pretty much all the talks with the same opinion. Or similar opinions.
“That is all good. It is really great working together. All the relationships we have created over the years, all the time we have spent together, it was important.”
Since his departure, Liverpool have tried to recreate that partnership but to little avail. Should United be able to persuade Edwards to join, they could gift Erik ten Hag something he desperately needs.
When it comes to recruitment, United fans have spotted a common theme. A lot of the players Ten Hag has signed have some links to him, whether he has worked with them before or knows them from his time in Holland, the pool of the Dutchman&aposs contacts is starting to be drained.
With Edwards on board, the Reds can begin to cast their net further afield. United&aposs recruitment policy is crying out for fresh ideas and the ex-Liverpool man could be the one to provide them.