United gets new U23 coaches, promotes Nicky Butt

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Nicky Butt have been given a bigger role as Manchester United appoints former players Neil Wood and Quinton Fortune as new U23 coaches.

The club restructured academy coaching set-up,the first time since ex-Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia departed in May with Wood as lead coach and Fortune as assistant.

Butt, as the head of academy, will be undertaking increased involvement in the team’s overall programme.

36-year-old,former United youth-team player,Neil Wood academy coached in 2014 after a successful time at Aston Villa coaching the U16s, U18s and U23s.

“It is a real honour. I have learnt a lot about this age group over the last few seasons.

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”This club has been a major part of my life since I joined in 1999 and I am delighted to continue that relationship.

“The Academy has a fantastic record of developing players ready to play for Manchester United and the opportunity to have a role in continuing that tradition is extremely exciting.”

Fortune, who made 126 appearances for United, winning the Premier League alongside Butt in 2002/03 and recently completed his UEFA A Licence said on his appointment.

“As a former player, I know exactly what it takes and what it means to play for Manchester United. I’ll be passing on all of this experience to our young players.”

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Butt, on the development said; “The Academy is completely focused on producing well-rounded players for our first team and we believe this new structure provides the perfect platform to achieve this.

“It was a great source of pride that three Academy graduates made their first-team debuts last season and we will look to build on this success.”

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