Nicky Butt steps down from his role at Manchester United because he is upset at the club's hierarchy following recent appointments
|Nicky Butt walks away from his role at Manchester United following friction with Murtough, the club's director of football. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Nicky Butt has left his role as head of first-team development at Manchester United but words on the street say the former Old Trafford star is upset at the club’s hierarchy following recent appointments he was eyeing.
"Having come through the academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey," Butt said in a statement on Wednesday.
"I'm proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential, and the results are clear to see in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.
The appointment of John Murtough as director of football at Manchester United and the way it was handled is a factor to Butt’s decision and he totally feels his loyalty wasn’t rewarded as he feels he’s more than qualified for the role.
According to multiple sources, Murtough and Butt are of two separate footballing background and philosophies with Butt feeding off his glittering career at Old Trafford while Murtough’s knowledge is off his years as an administrator.
Murtough’s influence has grown since his appointment and there’s been so much friction between the two, leading to Butt’s decision to walk away.