Nice boss explains how INEOS operate as they close in on Manchester United agreement
OGC Nice manager Francesco Farioli has lifted the lid on what life is like to work under Sir Jim Ratcliffe amid his impending investment in Manchester United.
The British billionaire, who is a boyhood United supporter, is on the brink of finalising INEOS' bid to secure a 25 per cent stake in the club. There are increasing reports suggesting that a deal could be concluded as soon as this week.
Richard Arnold's exit from Old Trafford last week provided the biggest indication yet that huge changes are in the offing at the club. INEOS are reportedly set to be granted control of United's football operations, meaning much-needed changes to the hierarchy are expected.
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INEOS Sport already own two clubs, Nice being one of them, and the French side has been on upward trajectory so far this season, so much so they are one of only three clubs in Europe's top five league who are still unbeaten. Their success has extended from the appointment of 34-year-old boss Farioli in the summer.
The Italian, who had previously worked at Turkish sides Faith Karagümrük S.K. and Alanyaspor, was a surprise choice by the chemical giant to oversee the next stage of Nice's development under their stewardship. Offering a unique insight into what life as a manager is like working within their business model, Farioli has spoken positively about his experience so far.
"I like to listen to the feedback I receive because it's good to have different perspectives and different input," Farioli told The Telegraph, addressing the day-to-day involvement Ratcliffe and INEOS have. "Afterwards, I have freedom in