Manchester United promote Phelan to assistant manager

Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that his new assistant manager will be former United midfielder Mick Phelan. Succeeding Mick as first team coach is skills development expert Rene Meulensteen.

The appointments, which take place with immediate effect, have been made following the departure in the summer of Carlos Queiroz to manage the Portuguese national team.

Sir Alex Ferguson:

“I am delighted that Mick and Rene have agreed to fill these important positions.

Mick knows Manchester United inside out, having been associated with the club for the best part of 20 years. He is a very talented and professional coach, whose ability and contribution to the club’s success has often been understated.

Rene brings different ideas and experience to the role of first team coach. I believe he and Mick will provide an excellent team to continue the club’s willingness to try new ideas and constantly drive for success in an increasingly competitive game.”

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