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Nicky Butt quits Man Utd role after nine years as he leaves for “new challenge”


Manchester United have announced that Nicky Butt is to step down from his role as head of first-team development and will leave the club following nine years of service behind the scenes.

The 46-year-old, who made 387 appearances during his time as a player at Old Trafford, has also been involved in coaching and player development roles in United’s academy.

But he is now set to take on a new challenge as he departs for pastures new.

Upon the news of his departure, Butt said: “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.

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Nicky Butt is to leave Manchester United after nine years working behind the scenes
Nicky Butt is to leave Manchester United after nine years working behind the scenes

“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.”

United, meanwhile, added: “He (Butt) leaves the club with the warmest best wishes of everyone at Manchester United and our thanks for his important contribution to nurturing a succession of homegrown players who have made it to the first team during his time at the Aon Training Complex.

It is not yet clear where Butt will go next
It is not yet clear where Butt will go next

“He has also played a key role in bringing in a new generation of talented staff and leaders to take the Academy forwards.”

It is not clear what Butt’s future destination is, but along with his former Class of ’92 teammates he owns a stake in League 2 side Salford City, and perhaps could be set for a role there.





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