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Man United appoint Nicky Butt as new head of academy

Manchester United have appointed former player Nicky Butt as the head of the club's academy.

Butt was a member of United's famous "Class of '92," coming up through the United youth ranks alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes.

He has coached United's youngsters in various capacities since 2012.

The 41-year-old replaces Brian McClair, who left last year to take a job with the Scottish FA after advice from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Butt enters during an overhaul of the academy that began last week when long-time under-18s coach Paul McGuinness stepped down.

"I am delighted that Nicky has accepted the role of Head of Academy," United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement. "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."

Butt made 387 appearances for Man United until 2004, winning the Premier League six times.

"It's a privilege to take on this role," he said. "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."


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