Nicky Butt has been appointed as the new Head of Academy at Manchester United.
The former midfielder follows on from Brian McClair after the role had been vacant for a year.
Having been in and around the club in various roles since 2012, Butt is obviously delighted with the responsibility and wants to bring the academy back to where it belongs.
He 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.”
Speaking about the appointment of Butt, Ed Woodward said: “I am delighted that Nicky has accepted the role of Head of Academy. Nicky has the traditions and heritage of this Club in his blood and he is the natural choice to ensure that, in modernising the way the Academy operates and shaping the new investment we are making, it retains the values and the focus that it has always had.
“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.”
With Manchester City’s academy just across town, Butt has a big job on his hands making sure the academy is seen as the first choice for youngsters in Manchester but the club sees him as the right man to make that happen.
Good luck to Nicky.