Manchester United academy coach Neil Ryan to leave the club

Academy coach Neil Ryan is all set to leave Manchester United at the end of the current season after 19 years at the club.

The club confirmed on their official website that Ryan was set to take up a role with the FA ahead of the start of the 2022/23 campaign.

He joined United in 2003 coaching the Under-11s, and has worked with every youth age group before becoming Under 18 lead coach in 2018.

At the start of this season, he became the Under 23 assistant coach, working alongside Neil Wood.

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Neil Ryan to leave Manchester United

Nick Cox, Head of Academy, said of Ryan: “Neil has contributed massively to this Football Club throughout his time here. His tireless efforts and commitment to the role have been vitally important to the Academy.

“Just like his father (Jim Ryan), 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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United are making plenty of changes behind the scenes, which started when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

Coaches Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Martyn Pert all followed him out the door and now Ralf Rangnick’s appointments of Chris Armas and Ewan Sharp will leave when he does.

Marcel Bout and Jim Lawlor are also leaving on the scouting side and Erik ten Hag will also have his own ideas about what to change.

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