Nicky Butt appointed as Man Utd’s head of academy
Butt: "It's a huge honour and a big challenge but I am fortunate to be taking over a dedicated, first-class team." pic.twitter.com/KIiQrwiWIj
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Manchester United have announced that former midfielder Nicky Butt is their new head of academy.
Butt, aged 41, is a member of the academy’s famous class of ’92, which also included Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Phil Neville.
He made 387 appearances for the Red Devils between 1992 and 2004, winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League.
Speaking about his appointment to the club’s in-house media team, former England international Butt said: “It’s a privilege to take on this role. As someone who learned his trade in the United youth set-up, it’s a huge honour now to be given the chance to lead the Academy and to instil its values and attitudes to continue to create future generations of Manchester United players.
“It’s a big challenge but I am fortunate to be taking over a dedicated, first-class team. Our aim remains the same – to keep supplying the first team with well-coached, rounded players that understand the responsibility of playing for the biggest club in the world.”
Since hanging up his boots, Butt has secured his UEFA Pro coaching licence and has been coaching at United’s academy, mainly with the under-19s team.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward indicated that Butt was tasked with ensuring the Red Devils continue to produce first-team players via their academy.
He said: “Manchester United’s Academy is completely focused on producing young players for our first team. As a graduate of its finest team in the modern era, Nicky will bring passion, energy and experience to drive the academy forward, retaining the characteristics that give us a competitive advantage – namely an unmatched track record of player development together with the runway of first-team action.
“In the last four years, some 15 Academy graduates have played for the first team, playing a total of 173 appearances – a record of which the Club is very proud.”
Butt effectively replaces head of youth recruitment Derek Langley, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season after 16 years.
His appointment comes amid considerable turmoil in United’s youth ranks, with under-18 coach Paul McGuinness also announcing his departure recently.