Nicky Butt quits Manchester United head of first-team development role to persue ‘new challenge’ after nearly a decade in the role.

Nicholas Butt is an English football coach and former player who was most recently the head of first-team development at Manchester United. He played as a midfielder for Manchester United and from 2011 he has been head of the first-team development.

Nicky Butt - Quits Manchester United
Nicky Butt – Quits Manchester United

Nicky has helped oversee the development of players such as Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood, and Marcus Rashford, across his nearly decade-long position.

The United say Butt worked closely with the trio and also with Axel Tuanzebe and Dean Henderson, with all five players valued members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.

Manchester United First Team Squad
Manchester United First Team Squad

Having come through the Academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey, said Nicky.

“I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential, and the results are clear to see in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.

“I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years,” said Nicky Butt, former Man Utd first-team development.

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Nicky Butt with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United Staff
Nicky Butt with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United Staff

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses key man it would not be an easy task for the English club to appoint another person for the job that perfect and with that much experience as Nicky Butt, as he has been in the position for nearly a decade.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The manager of the English club, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, said,

Butt had been “a great source of guidance and inspiration to our academy players” and would “always be welcome back”.

As Nicky Butt is quitting the Red Devils to pursue a new challenge elsewhere, Also this month, John Murtough was assigned as the club’s new football director while Darren Fletcher was promoted to technical director.


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