Manchester United

Matt Judge resigns as Man Utd director of football negotiations

Senior Man Utd official Matt Judge is stepping down
Senior Man Utd official Matt Judge is stepping down / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Manchester United director of football negotiations Matt Judge has resigned from his role, 90min understands, marking even more change at Old Trafford ahead of next season.

United have already seen long-serving executive vice chairman Ed Woodward walk away in recent months, to be replaced by new chief executive Richard Arnold from within.

Senior scouting heads Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout have also recently left, while John Murtough and Darren Fletcher are only a little over a year into their respective roles as football director and technical director following a reshuffle early in 2021.

The club has additionally been through a change of management, hiring Erik ten Hag to take over on a permanent basis from current interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

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For the best part of eight years since the summer of 2014, Judge has been responsible for negotiating transfers and contracts at United. But 90min understands that he hasn’t been won over by Murtough’s plans for a new structure within the club.

Judge remains highly respected at Old Trafford but didn’t believe he would be part of the new long-term plans being proposed. He will serve a notice period, before an eventual departure this year, but has not been placed on gardening leave at this moment in time.

Judge had earlier joined the club in 2012 and previously studied at the University of Bristol at the same time as Woodward in the early 1990s, before starting a career in investment banking.