Manchester United’s head physiotherapist Rob Swire has today called time on his 23-year career with the Reds, describing the post he’s decided to retire from as “fantastic” and “the top physio’s job in football.” His successor will be the assistant he appointed 15 years ago, Neil Hough.
First on the scene whenever a player succumbed to injury, Swire has been a familiar face on the pitch in the last decade and a half, following his promotion to senior physio in the summer of 1999. Since then, he’s played an important but low-profile part in United’s success, helping to keep the likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney up and literally running in the pursuit of Premier League titles, European Cups and more. Leaving behind all that has understandably been difficult but Rob feels that now is the right time to step down from a demanding but enjoyable role.
“It wasn’t easy, it was a big decision,” he admitted. “I’d been thinking about it for a year or more, working out when it would be right to retire.
"I’ve been doing the job for a long time and the hours mean you’re working all the time, including weekends and evenings, and travelling a lot and that isn’t easy when you have a family at home.
“It’s been a fantastic job, a brilliant job, I couldn’t have wanted anything better, but after 23 years at United, and the best of 30 years in total of working pretty much seven days a week, I couldn’t keep doing it