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Nicky Butt has been promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United

‘This is a very proud moment for me’: Nicky Butt promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United while Nick Cox becomes club’s academy manager

  • Nicky Butt is promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United
  • He will have a greater role in ensuring younger stars have a pathway to first team
  • In another backroom reshuffle, Nick Cox becomes manager of United’s academy
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Nicky Butt has been promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United.

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In another backroom reshuffle, Nick Cox will become manager of United’s academy where he was previously head of operations.

Butt, 44, who made over 270 appearances for United will have a greater role in ensuring the club’s younger players have a pathway to the first team and whether they have to go out on loan for experience.

Nicky Butt has been promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United

Nicky Butt has been promoted to head of first team development at Manchester United

Butt said: ‘Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role. 

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‘I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club. 

‘Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.’

Ed Woodward believes the restructure will help United's young stars make the step up

Ed Woodward believes the restructure will help United's young stars make the step up

Ed Woodward believes the restructure will help United’s young stars make the step up 

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward believes the restructure will help United’s young stars make the step up to the first team.

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He said: ‘These changes will further enhance the excellent work and results we have seen over many decades in our academy system and enable us to continue our proud traditions of producing world-class players capable of playing and excelling in the first team.’