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Union look set to unveil Meulensteen

In Football Manager, everyone knows the first thing you do is hire Rene Meulensteen. The Union waited a bit, but look set to sign Sir Alex Ferguson's ex-assistant nonetheless.

Michael Regan

Delco Times beat reporter Matthew DeGeorge tweeted out last night that ex-Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen will be added to the Philadelphia Union payroll.

This is most likely the "major announcement" that Jonathan Tannenwald tweeted about earlier in the day.

The fifty year old Meulensteen's career is somewhat paradoxical. On one hand he was a coach with Manchester United during Sir Alex Ferguson's glory years of 2001 through 2013. On the other, he left United between 2006 and 2007 to manage Danish side Brøndby IF for six months before resigning. He's also managed English Premier League side Fulham for seventy-five days and Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala for sixteen days.

Meulensteen will most likely take over as technical director, working with Jim Curtin and Chris Albright to evaluate and identify talent, work with contracts, and get players that fit into an overall system.