Sam Allardyce says Man United should NOT make Rio Ferdinand their sporting director and backs another club legend for role

Ed Woodward, executive vice chairman of the Premier League giants, is set to introduce a new role which will take over responsibility for the club’s transfer dealings, as part of a restructure at United this summer.

Ferdinand, a six-time title winner at Old Trafford and former teammate of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has emerged as the frontrunner for the position.

But Allardyce is not convinced the 40-year-old, who has been working as a TV pundit since hanging up his boots four years ago, has the experience to take on such a senior role.

Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, the former England manager said: “I think Rio is a great guy, a fantastic pundit and he was a fantastic player but to have that job at Manchester United and what it entails…

“Steve Walsh worked with me at Everton and learnt his trade on that side of the game for many, many years at Leicester. He did a two year sporting director course, Steve Round did that course, which gives you a great insight.

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