Manchester United coach parts company with the Red Devils

first_img1 Paul McGuinness Manchester United have parted company with youth coach Paul McGuinness as the revamp of their academy begins.McGuinness, himself a United academy product and son of former United manager Wilf McGuinness, has been in charge of the Under-18s since 2005 but has seen a dramatic slump in standards, with his side bottom of the Premier League’s Under-18 North Division with only 11 points from 19 matches this season.In a statement released via the club, McGuinness said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to follow in my father Wilf’s footsteps and to serve Manchester United in a variety of roles for a total of 28 years.“I have dedicated my life to each job, from player to education and welfare officer, to Centre of Excellence director and scout, assistant academy director for under-9s to under-16s and later under-17s to under-21s, head coach for the professional development phase and finally youth-team coach.“I will be forever grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for making my dreams come true and inviting me to represent Manchester United as a player and for the last 23 years as a proud member of staff.”McGuinness, who added he would pursue a future in the game away from United, saw 86 academy products go on to make a first-team debut, with 23 becoming full internationals. McGuinness’ departure comes amid a review of United’s academy ordered by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, following the departure of former head Brian McClair, who became the Scottish Football Association’s performance director last year.During a conference call with investors on Thursday, Woodward said the review was now complete and changes were to be expected. Nicky Butt, who is currently coaching the Under-19s, is thought to be under consideration for McClair’s post while Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has also been linked with the post.last_img read more