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Nicky Butt 2021 new favourite for Preston job after leaving Man Utd

Nicky Butt 2021  new favourite for Preston job after leaving Man Utd

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000

The Championship club has since been linked with former players Gareth Ainsworth, Michael Appleton, and Callum Davidson; all three of whom are currently in 

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Nicky Butt has swiftly been installed as the new favourite for the Preston job after leaving Man Utd on Wednesday.

Butt has spent the last nine years in various coaching and player development roles at United’s Academy, with The Athletic reporting that his decision to depart was influenced by the club’s recent appointment of John Murtough as football director.

Butt is also believed to have been frustrated at being overlooked for the new technical director position at United which was handed to his old teammate Darren Fletcher.

On the club’s official website Butt expressed a desire to go on and explore new opportunities, and a venture into the dugout could well be at the top of his list.

Preston are on the hunt for a new permanent boss after they parted ways with Alex Neil last Sunday.

The Championship club has since been linked with former players Gareth Ainsworth, Michael Appleton, and Callum Davidson; all three of whom are currently in work at Wycombe, Lincoln, and St Johnstone respectively.

Neil Harris and Daniel Stendel are in the mix too, while interim boss Frankie McAvoy has been placed in charge for the remainder of the season.

However, it’s Butt who now tops the pile at 6/4 (Bet Victor) in what would be his first senior managerial position.

Nicky Butt is now the favourite for the Preston post

At Man Utd, Butt played a key role in developing young talents; helping the likes of Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Mason Greenwood make the step up into the first team. 

A potential appointment at Preston would be viewed as a risk but Butt’s coaching experience and work with a new generation of Red Devils stars could open up a road into the Lilywhites first-team.

Butt will also inevitably be linked with a move to Salford City, the League Two club he part owns with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and the Neville brothers.

Earlier this week Salford axed Richie Wellens and placed Gary Bowyer in charge until the end of the season, with the latter then expected to return to his role at Derby U23s in the summer.

Speaking of Derby, @TomRodgersFJ reports that Butt could join the club in some capacity under Wayne Rooney who is currently managing the Rams.

There’s also been speculation that Roy Keane could return to management with Celtic with Butt as his No.2, while he’s a 33/1 outsider to get the job himself.

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Immediately, fans began to wonder if it could possibly have anything to do with the club's restructuring, with John Murtough appointed director of football and 

Nicky Butt’s decision to quit Manchester United came as a surprise yesterday.

The Treble winner had spent nine years on the staff and overseen an overhaul of the academy.

Immediately, fans began to wonder if it could possibly have anything to do with the club’s restructuring, with John Murtough appointed director of football and Darren Fletcher as technical director, earlier this month.

Butt’s official title was ‘head of first team development’.

United claim Butt’s exit was due to a desire to find a new challenge, and while this may be true, it does not tell the whole story.

The Athletic claim Butt quit for two reasons.

The first was that he was overlooked for both the director of football and technical director role.

The second reason is alleged to be the club’s handling of the appointments, with the report claiming: “club officials failed to communicate the coming changes directly in advance,” to Butt.

The report added “Butt could not countenance Murtough effectively becoming his line manager.”

This is worrying because it shines a light on the way United do business behind the scenes, and it does not appear to be pretty.

Ed Woodward, chief executive, will have overseen this restructuring and he must take responsibility for this.

The botched handling of the restructure has effectively cost United the services of Butt.

Had he been consulted on the changes in advance, with it alleged he was not, perhaps he would have stayed or been talked around.

There was optimism when Murtough was appointed as director of football, but there was also scepticism.

The fears were that this was simply a re-titling of his previous role, and as an internal candidate, he won’t make the changes required to push United to the next level.

Some of these criticisms may be misguided, but given United’s failure over the past seven years, and the way the club is run under the Glazers, the fears are understandable.

It is up to Murtough and Fletcher to prove their worth, and they will get the benefit of the doubt this summer at least.

Perhaps United could not have held onto Butt forever, but it feels like this was an unnecessary departure, with The Athletic claiming he has no job offers lined up – although something could of course now come his way.

It’s unclear if Butt will be replaced at all, or his role will be amalgamated into somebody else’s.

Here is a look at how some United fans reacted to the report on why Butt left…

Nicky Butt leaving under a cloud it seems.

Club is still in an absolute mess top 2 bottom.

Must keep expectations low.

If it’s true club legend Nicky Butt left because of John Mortoughs appointment the club is in total disarray!!

This John Murtough guy better know what he's doing man..

This scares the hell out of me.

Nicky Butt was doing a brilliant job and his vision was bright… #mufc https://t.co/Gxkw9ugCTa

Nicky Butt leaving the club.

Think that shows how it’s being ran at the moment

Very sad to see nicky butt leave the club thank you nicky for all your efforts on and off the field

Dan is still wondering what would have happened if United had kept Juan Veron…

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– March 25, 2021
Nicky Butt 2021 new favourite for Preston job after leaving Man Utd

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