Everton stalwart Harrison named Director of Operations at Man Utd
Written by Training Ground Guru — February 18, 2023
DAVID HARRISON has left Everton after almost three decades to become the new Director of Football Operations at Manchester United.
He takes over from Alan Dawson, who will leave the club after 11 years at the end of July to “pursue new opportunities.”
In his new role, Harrison will “lead all operational aspects of the club’s football activities”, including football administration, team travel and player support for the men’s, women’s and Academy teams.
He will report into Football Director John Murtough, with whom he worked at Everton. Murtough was part of the youth set-up at Everton under David Moyes from 2008 to 2013 before moving with the Scot to Old Trafford.
Harrison joined Everton as Box Office Manager in August 1995, having previously worked in the ticket office at Manchester United. He was promoted to Assistant Club Secretary in 1998 and then, in August 2000, to Head of Football Operations and Club Secretary.
An Everton insider described him as possessing “diplomatic skills, an assured manner and quiet competence.”
Murtough said: “David is known as one of the most able and respected operators in football and we are delighted that he has chosen to join Manchester United. He will bring deep experience and knowledge to this important role, and add further strength to the support structure we are building around our football teams, to give our players and staff the best chance of success.”
Harrison added: “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.”
Harrison, who grew up in Bury, will leave Everton at the end of this month and start at Carrington next month.
Speaking about Dawson, Murtough said: “Everyone at Manchester United would like to thank Alan for his huge contribution to the club and wish him well for the next chapter in his career.”