Class of 92 graduate Nicky Butt looks set to named as the new head of the club’s academy, there is a vacant role following Brian McClair departure for a role with the Scottish Football Association. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be working with club secretary John Alexander and John Murtough, who is the former head of the elite performance at the Premier League, to restructure the Old Trafford academy set-up.
Butt is understood to be the outstanding candidate to be named as the academy head coach and will report directly to the manager Louis Van Gaal. Butt returned to Old Trafford in October 2012 and has been involved with the Under 19s playing in the European Youth League and also assisting Warren Joyce with the under 21s. Butt also assisted Ryan Giggs when he took charge of the first team following the sacking of David Moyes in April 2014.
Nicky Butt enjoyed a successful career at United having come through the youth system himself along with Giggs, Beckham, Scholes and the Neville brothers. Butt made 387 appearances for the Reds during in his 12 years playing for the club. In this time he picked up 15 major honours, including being part of the team that won The Treble in the 1998/99 season. Butt left United to move to Newcastle in 2004 and had a spell on loan at Birmingham City in 2005/06 season before retiring in 2011 following a spell with South China.
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