Manchester United have not had the best season under Louis van Gaal and there have been a number of speculations surrounding the future of the Dutchman at the club in his second year.
However, the Red Devil hierarchy is now busy with shaping up the insides of the club after it is was revealed that Nicky Butt, an academy graduate at United will take up the place of Brian McClair as the head of the academy after it was vacated last year.
Nicky, 41, is a graduate of the Academy’s famous Class of ’92 and made 387 competitive appearances for the Club between 1992 and 2004, during which time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a UEFA Champions League and an Intercontinental Cup winners’ medal.
He currently holds his UEFA Pro coaching license.
Butt will follow a revamp that started with the under-18s’ coach, Paul McGuinness, leaving his position last Friday after a string of bad results.
Manchester United for long have been known as a club that nurtures talent at a young age but recently their academy has fallen down the ranks against he likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Butt’s appointment will be aimed at restoring the reputation of the clubs academy in the country.
Since 2012, Butt has been a part of Newcastle United in various administrative roles with the junior team but his progress was stopped by when he ruptured an Achilles tendon during a charity match.
Speaking to the media ahead of his move to United, Nicky Butt said, “It’s a privilege to take on this role. As someone who learned his trade in the United’s youth set-up, it’s a huge honor now to be given the chance to lead the Academy and to instill its values and attitudes to continue to create future generations of Manchester United players.”
United have tried their best to keep a strong contingent of ex-players in the backroom staff at the club. However, there will be questions surrounding Butt’s appointment a whole 10 months after he was out of a job and joined the Scottish Football association.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, however, tried to explain his decision to appoint Butt as the new academy head.
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 modernizing 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.”
These changes in the backroom staff will surely make Louis van Gaal a bit nervous and with certain rumors circling around that he might be replaced by Mourinho even before the end of this month will make the manager even more uncomfortable.