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Club announces Academy restructure

Monday 22 July 2019 18:05

As part of its proud history of developing young players through its world renowned Academy system, Manchester United today announced two changes to its Academy structure.

Nicky Butt is promoted to the new position of Head of First Team Development, reporting directly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Nicky will work closely with the manager and the first team coaching staff to continue the strong bond between the Academy and the first team, to create a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level. He will continue to be a key contributor on all major Academy decisions and will be part of the Technical Board on wider football leadership.

Nick Cox is promoted to Head of Academy. Nick will lead the full Academy programme and will head up both the coaching programme and the operational services, including sports science, education and analysis. In his role he will continue to work closely with Nicky Butt and will report to John Murtough, Head of Football Development.
Ed Woodward, Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman, said:

“These changes will further enhance the excellent work and results we have seen over many decades in our Academy system and enable us to continue our proud traditions of producing world-class players capable of playing and excelling in the first team.”
Nicky Butt said:

“Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role. I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club. Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.”

Nick Cox said:

“Having spent over 20 years working to support the development of young people, it is an honour to be asked to lead the Manchester United Academy. Traditionally we have always been leaders in creating an outstanding environment in which young footballers can thrive. Today's changes will further enhance the excellent structure that we have in place to maximise the potential of all of our young players.”