Nicky Butt steps down from his role at Manchester United and this is why

Nicky Butt steps down from his role at Manchester United because he is upset at the club's hierarchy following recent appointments

 

Nicky Butt during his time as academy coach at Man United
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.

 

Butt, who made 387 appearances as a player at Old Trafford and has also previously been head of the academy, said he is leaving to pursue "a new professional challenge." However close observers believe there’s more to it than what the eye test says.

"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.

 

Nicky Butt and Solskjaer

"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.


"I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences, I've had here over the past nine years."

After ending his playing career in 2011, Butt took over as head of United's academy in February 2016. In July 2019, he took on the newly created role of head of first-team development to help ease the pathway for youngsters into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's senior squad.

"Nicky will always be a legend of Manchester United as a six-time Premier League winner and, of course, an integral part of our Treble-winning team," Solskjaer said.

"That pedigree has made him a great source of guidance and inspiration to our academy players since he returned to the club.

"We are all going to miss him around the Aon Training Complex but Nicky knows he will always be welcome back."

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.

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