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INEOS PROVE THEIR CREDENTIALS! Nice Appointments Show United What’s Possible

Decisive Ineos Appointments Highlight Efficiency Amid Manchester United Delay


In the world of European football, the two leading clubs under the Ineos umbrella, Manchester United and Nice, are navigating vastly different waters. While Manchester United aims to strengthen its squad, Nice often faces the challenge of retaining its best talents.


Despite finishing fifth in Ligue 1 and pushing for a Champions League spot, Nice’s success attracted significant attention from bigger clubs. This was evident when, on May 22, Nice’s sporting director Florent Ghisolfi departed for Roma, followed the next day by their young head coach Francesco Farioli taking over at Ajax. Such rapid turnover is common at the top tiers of European football, where success often comes at the cost of losing key personnel.


What stands out about Nice, an Ineos-owned club, is their swift and decisive response to these departures. While Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford focus on resolving issues at Manchester United, Nice quickly filled the void. On June 6, they appointed Florian Maurice as the new sporting director and Franck Haise as the new head coach, just two weeks after losing their previous leaders.


Florian Maurice, joining from Rennes after a four-year tenure as technical director, and Franck Haise, moving from Lens, provide stability and ample time for Nice to prepare for the new season. OGC Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère emphasized the importance of quick and effective decision-making, praising the alignment and commitment of the club’s senior executives.


Ratcliffe and Brailsford’s swift action at Nice contrasts sharply with the ongoing delays at Manchester United. Two weeks after the FA Cup final, United’s minority owners are still deliberating over the future of manager Erik ten Hag and the appointment of a new sporting director, Dan Ashworth. These delays have left United in a precarious position, with a lack of clarity about leadership roles.


The efficiency demonstrated at Nice should offer some optimism to United supporters. Despite a rocky start on the Côte d’Azur, Ratcliffe and Brailsford have established a smoothly running structure capable of quick adaptation. This is the level of efficiency they aim to replicate at Manchester United.


While United’s search for stability continues, the example set by Nice suggests that Ratcliffe and his team are capable of making swift, effective decisions. With UEFA’s regulations on multi-club ownership likely to tighten, there is speculation that Ratcliffe might eventually sell Nice. For now, at least one of Ineos’ clubs is ready and well-prepared for the 2024/25 season.


This swift action at Nice serves as a reminder that with the right structure and leadership, even setbacks can be swiftly turned into opportunities for growth and preparation. Manchester United fans can hope that similar efficiency will soon be mirrored at Old Trafford, ensuring a strong foundation for future success.

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