Manchester United is advertising for a “player care property technician” to look after its star players’ homes.
Like a handyman, the property technician will be responsible for looking after day-to-day maintenance issues and attending emergency breakdowns of equipment.
But they will also be required to assist with house moves and will even be entrusted with key codes to the players’ mansions and personal information.
The advert states the individual must maintain good working relations with players, families, agents and staff; maintain accurate records of visits and costs; and identify the needs of players and families and “respond accordingly”.
The successful candidate will have to be an all-rounder, with recognised qualifications in trades such as joinery, electrical and heating. They’ll also need an understanding of all domestic essential services, including security systems.
The property technician has to be computer literate and be able to communicate well with various departments in Man Utd.
The job advert stated that the individual needs to have “the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, a flexible attitude and approach is essential.”
It’s also likely they’ll spend a large proportion of their day driving from one property to another – perhaps going from changing Romelu Lukaku’s lightbulbs to fixing a leak in Paul Pogba’s Jacuzzi and then unblocking Marouane Fellaini’s drains.
The advert said: “The successful candidates will demonstrate professionalism, confidence and the highest levels of discretion always. Knowledge of foreign languages will be an advantage.”
There are no set hours, but the ability to be calm and composed under pressure is essential.
The salary and benefits are listed as “competitive” – probably nowhere near the amount the players earn, but you’d hope some free tickets to Old Trafford would be thrown in.
The potential recruit, who will answer to the property liaison manager, will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
DealMakerz thinks being at the players’ beck and call won’t be an easy job, but a snoop around their homes would be fascinating.
Earlier this year Pogba paid £2.9 million for a five-bedroom house in Cheshire, just a 20-minute drive from United’s Carrington training base.
Complete with indoor swimming pool, saunas and media room, it is located in one of the north west’s most affluent neighbourhoods.
Fellaini sold his six-bed luxury mansion for £2.3 million in April – £300,000 more than he paid for it three years previously. The former home of 1966 World Cup winner Alan Ball, it even includes a barber shop.
Hopefully the job won’t involve cleaning up after the players’ wild parties. Lukaku was arrested in Beverly Hills in the summer after police were called to his luxury villa – where he was holidaying with Pogba – to investigate reports of a raucous house party.
Traditionally Man U players have stuck to Manchester’s so-called Golden Triangle – an area of affluent towns and villages such as Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.
With five of the 10 most expensive roads in the north west in the triangle, notable residents have included the Beckhams, Eric Cantona, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Rio Ferdinand.
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