Man Utd under-18 coach Paul McGuinness quits
Manchester United under-18 coach Paul McGuinness has quit his role at the club, a United statement confirmed.
The 48-year-old, son of former United manager Wilf, has been in the role since 2005. He has spent more than 25 years in a variety of coaching roles at the club, but the undoubted highlight of his tenure was winning the FA Youth Cup with an under-18s team that included Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison in its midfield in 2011.
But he has now left amid what the BBC describes as being a ‘root and branch’ review of the club’s academy. The changes are likely to see former player Nicky Butt assume a prominent position.
Discussing his decision to leave, the former Crewe Alexandra and Chester player, who had himself come through the youth ranks at United, said he had ambitions to fulfil in football that he could not achieve at Old Trafford.
He said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to follow in my father Wilf’s footsteps and to serve Manchester United in a variety of roles for a total of 28 years.”
McGuinness added: “I now have other ambitions I would like to fulfil in football that I can only experience outside the club.
“I am extremely grateful to all the staff at Carrington and Old Trafford for their friendship and professionalism over the years. Many thanks also to all the United supporters from all over the world – especially the incredibly dedicated followers of the Under-18 and youth teams.