Academy coach Neil Ryan will bring his long stint at Manchester United to an end this summer, the club has announced.
The United Under-23s assistant coach has been a staff member at the club for 19 years and has had a hand in the development of plenty of youngsters who have gone on to enjoy long careers. Ryan has worked with 39 players who made a first-team appearance for the club.
Ryan-the son of former United player and coach, Jim Ryan-first joined the club in 2003. He started working with the Under-11s and has risen through the ranks in the near two decades since, becoming Under-18s lead in 2018 before switching to a role as the Under-23s assistant at the start of the current season.
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Now Ryan will leave United in June to take up a new position as National Coach with the English FA and his successor will be announced in due course.
“Neil has contributed massively to this football club throughout his time here,” Nick Cox, the head of academy, told United’s official website. “His tireless efforts and commitment to the role have been vitally important to the academy.
“Just like his father, Neil has developed a huge number of young players over the years, consistently supporting academy graduates in reaching their potential. The Ryan family will always have an amazing association with Manchester United.
“As Neil prepares for his exciting new role with the English Football Association, this is yet another example of the progress that coaches, as well as players, can make within our youth development system.
“The whole of the academy thanks Neil for his service over the last nineteen years and wishes him the very best of luck in his new position.”
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