Nicky Butt Announced As Head Of First-Team Development

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Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has been announced as the club’s new head of first-team development, moving from his current role as the head of the academy.

The 44-year-old made 387 appearances for United between 1992 and 2004 and has said the club is ‘in his DNA’ after his role change was confirmed.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Butt said: “Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role. I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club. Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.”

Butt will report to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær but is still expected to play a key role in big academy decisions whilst also being a part of the technical board on wider football leadership, the club have said.

Club CEO Ed Woodward said: “These changes will further enhance the excellent work and results we have seen over many decades in our Academy system and enable us to continue our proud traditions of producing world-class players capable of playing and excelling in the first team.”

The vacant role left by Butt will be filled by Nick Cox, who also revealed his delight at his position change at Old Trafford, saying: “Having spent over 20 years working to support the development of young people, it is an honour to be asked to lead the Manchester United Academy. Traditionally we have always been leaders in creating an outstanding environment in which young footballers can thrive. Today’s changes will further enhance the excellent structure that we have in place to maximise the potential of all of our young players.”

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