Nicky Butt is lining up for a quick return to coaching after a bitter departure from Manchester United, with Derby County manager Wayne Rooney ready to recruit him for the Championship club.
A report on Wednesday in The athletic Butt said amid friction with United’s newly appointed football director John Murtough, with the duo holding different views on football. Butt also reportedly felt overlooked for the role of technical director recently assigned to his former United teammate, Darren Fletcher.
Murtough recently stepped up in his newly created role as head of football development, essentially putting him behind Butt’s superior with the former midfielder in the first-team development position.
Nicky Butt’s departure from Manchester United’s coaching line-up came as a surprise on Wednesday
Derby manager Wayne Rooney could have a role to offer Butt to his side of the championship
John Murtough (left) was recently appointed as Manchester United’s new football director, while Darren Fletcher (right) took on the role of technical director.
As Butt said in a statement on Wednesday, he is taking on a new challenge in the game. According to The sunRooney has a coaching position available and the challenge of making Derby a Premier League side could entice Butt.
The publication also adds that Inter Miami, David Beckham’s Major League Soccer outfit, could also make a move to bring in Butt, but it is more likely that it will be the championship where Butt makes his next move.
Rooney replaced Philip Cocu as manager of Derby on a full-time basis in January this year and signed a two and a half year contract with the club.
The team had slid to the drop zone under the guidance of the Dutchman, but Rooney managed to send them to the 19th, five points above the bottom three with eight games to go of the season.
The possible appointment of Butt, 46, would be an eye-catching move. The former United and Newcastle midfielder – who left United as a player in 2004, the year Rooney signed – has overseen a number of important jobs at Old Trafford in his nine years there as a coach.
Butt was responsible for overseeing the development of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, but announced on Wednesday that he has decided to step down from his position as head of development for the first team in search of a ‘new challenge’.
According to The athletic, Butt left amid a difference of views on football with newly appointed United CEO John Murtough. He also reportedly felt overlooked for the role of technical director recently assigned to Darren Fletcher.
Rooney portrayed himself in his playing days with Butt, who joined Newcastle after United
Butt’s work at United is highly regarded, but he is now looking for a new opportunity
In a statement on their official website, United said: ‘He is leaving the club with the very best wishes from everyone at Manchester United and our thanks for his significant contribution to nurturing a succession of homegrown players who have made it during his time at the Aon. Training Complex.
He has also played a key role in bringing in a new generation of talented employees and leaders to advance the Academy.
“Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood are among those with whom Nicky has worked closely at a time when our Academy has renewed its reputation as one of the most prolific in world football.”
Butt said: ‘Having come through the academy myself to play nearly 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent taking the same journey.
‘I am proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance to fulfill their potential, and the results are evident in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.
There are also suggestions David Beckham would like to have with Butt on his Inter Miami lineup
Beckham and Butt were United’s teammates during a dominant era under Sir Alex Ferguson
‘I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right time for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I have here in the past. have gained. nine years.’
After breaking through with United during his playing days, Butt played in the first team from 1992 to 2004, making 270 Premier League appearances before moving to Newcastle United.
In total, Butt played 387 times in all competitions for United, winning six Premier League medals and three FA Cups. He was also part of the squad that won the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 1999.