Academy coaching update

Friday 13 May 2022 18:00

Neil Ryan, Manchester United Under-23s assistant coach, will leave his role at the end of the season to take up a new position as National Coach with the English Football Association youth set-up.

Ryan, son of former United player and coach, Jim Ryan, has worked with the Academy for an incredible 19 years.

He began his time with Manchester United in 2003 coaching the Under-11s, subsequently working with every age group before taking over as Under-18s lead coach in 2018. Ahead of the 2021/22 season, Ryan undertook the assistant coach role with the Under-23s.

Ryan has been at the club for 19 years.

Coaching the older age groups enabled Neil to work closely in supporting the development and progression of many of the Academy graduates who have made their first-team debuts in recent years. Neil is proud to have worked with a total of 39 players who have made senior appearances for United.

Ryan will end his long association with the club in June and begin his National Coach role at the English FA.

A successor for Neil as Under-23s assistant coach role will be announced in due course.

Nick Cox, Head of Academy, said: “Neil has contributed massively to this Football Club throughout his time here. His tireless efforts and commitment to the role have been vitally important to the Academy.

“Just like his father, Neil has developed a huge number of young players over the years, consistently supporting Academy graduates in reaching their potential. The Ryan family will always have an amazing association with Manchester United.

“As Neil prepares for his exciting new role with the English Football Association, this is yet another example of the progress that coaches, as well as players, can make within our youth development system.

“The whole of the Academy thanks Neil for his service over the last nineteen years and wishes him the very best of luck in his new position.”