Manchester United’s academy director Brian McClair has left the club in order to become the Scottish Football Association’s performance director.

The 51-year-old, who made over 350 appearances for Man United, takes over from Mark Wotte in the role and puts an end to a long affiliation with the club.

Having been both a player and a coach at United, McClair spent nearly 30 years at Old Trafford in total and most recently in his role as academy director, McClair brought a lot to United during his time in Manchester.

Speaking about his new role, McClair said: “I am sure my experiences can be of benefit to Scottish football,” said the former Motherwell and Celtic striker.

“I am extremely proud to have been given the responsibility to help Scottish football move forward as performance director of the Scottish FA.

“Having spent the majority of the last 30 years in England with Manchester United, I am looking forward to coming home, working with the coaching team at the Scottish FA and the clubs, and sharing the knowledge I have built up in that time to take on this new, exciting challenge.”

It’s a shame to see McClair leave United but understandable given that he will now get the chance to work with the Scottish FA.

At this time, Man United have not announced who will be McClair’s replacement at the club.

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