Manchester United have fired their U18 coach Paul McGuinness.
McGuinness has worked at the Red Devil’s academy for long 11 years. But he had to pay the ultimate price for his squad’s woeful campaign this season, as they are laying bottom of their league following 12 consecutive defeats. They were also bulldozed 5-1 at home by Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup.
McGuinness, used to be a popular figure at Old Trafford, is the son of Wilf McGuinness who once even managed Manchester United for 19 months after Sir Matt Busby retired in 1969.
U-21s coach Nicky Butt today broke the shocking news of McGuinness’ exit to the academy players at the Carrington Training Ground.
49-year-old McGuinness is the first victim of Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward’s root and branch review of the club’s academy.
It actually began when the academy head Brian McClair departed last summer.
Woodward informed shareholders on Thursday that some changes would be announced very soon.
He told: “The academy continues to be the heart of the club, giving youth a chance is part of our DNA.
“We took the departure of Brian McClair last summer as an opportunity to do a root and branch review of the academy. That is now complete and changes are underway. Announcements will follow in coming days.”
There has been some ongoing concern at the present state of the academy, particularly given the strides that Manchester City have taken with their new training complex.
City are currently top of the Under-18s Northern league while Manchester United are popping up.
Following the academy coach’s unexpected departure, rumours started to ignite again, is it a warning for United manager Louis van Gaal.
However, there are some other reports which suggest, chief executive Ed Woodward is keen to neglect an avalanche of public criticism and support Louis van Gaal to keep his job as Manchester United manager.
Woodward’s opinion will certainly surprise United fans, but it also indicates the political turmoil among the club hierarchy. While critics and fans think van Gaal is now like a dead man walking, United chief continues his hard works to save his job. The pressure is increasingly mounting on the Dutch manager.
Woodward is not likely to continue his backing for the 64-year-old manager without having the much-needed support of the Glazer family, so for the time being, it seems the owners also have faith in their manager.
Having sanctioned almost £300million for transfer spending since 2013 and appointed David Moyes and van Gaal as managers, Woodward also has a great interest in seeing long-term success.