Nicky Butt is stepping down as Manchester United’s head of first-team improvement with a view to pursue ‘a brand new skilled problem.’
The 46-year-old has performed a key position in growing younger stars akin to Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood throughout his 9 years at Previous Trafford.
“Having come by way of the academy myself to play virtually 400 video games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to return again and work with a brand new era of expertise making that very same journey,” Butt informed manutd.com.
“I’m pleased with the position everybody on the employees performs in giving our younger footballers the absolute best likelihood of fulfilling their potential, and the outcomes are clear to see within the elevated variety of homegrown gamers reaching the primary crew.
“I already know from my taking part in days how troublesome it’s to go away Manchester United, but it surely seems like the appropriate second for a brand new skilled problem and I stay up for exploring alternatives that construct on the nice experiences I’ve had right here over the previous 9 years.”
Butt’s former United team-mate and present first-team supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to the work of the 46-year-old.
“Nicky will at all times be a legend of Manchester United as a six-time Premier League winner and, in fact, an integral a part of our treble-winning crew,” he mentioned.
“That pedigree has made him an awesome supply of steering and inspiration to our academy gamers since he returned to the membership.
“We’re all going to overlook him across the Aon Coaching Complicated however Nicky is aware of he’ll at all times be welcome again.”
Earlier this month United revamped their backroom set-up with John Murtough appointed to a brand new position of soccer director with former midfielder Darren Fletcher promoted to technical director.