Who is Andy O'Boyle, Manchester United's potential deputy director of football?

Last month a report in The Athletic claimed Manchester United wanted to hire a ‘deputy director of football’ to support John Murtough in his growing role at the club.

With Ed Woodward stepping down as CEO, replacement Richard Arnold is delegating more power to Murtough, with the idea of football matters being left to football men.

This means Murtough needs a hand, and The Mail report United are considering hiring Andy O’Boyle into the role.

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Valuable experience

The big headline on O’Boyle is his Liverpool connections. He landed the job as Liverpool’s head of fitness and conditioning in 2011.

He had previously spent two years with Wrexham as fitness coach, and three years at Coventry City as head of sports science.

O’Boyle became first team fitness coach in 2015, but a shake-up after Jurgen Klopp brought in his own staff saw him drop back into his previous role, Training Ground Guru reported.

O’Boyle’s time at the club is actually a glowing reference, in light of how well the club has been run over the past decade.

He left the club in 2017 to take up a job with the Premier League, working as ‘head of elite performance’, where he remains in post.

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United tried to hire him before

O’Boyle actually has a little history with United, working briefly as an academy coach in 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Speaking to Belfast Live, he explained he was offered a permanent job with the younger age groups, but he had other options.

He said: “I was offered a job at Manchester United’s academy working with nine and 10-year-olds but then started looking after the first team at Wrexham, which I did for a couple of years before coming to Coventry at the start of the season.”

Training Ground Guru also separately reported United offered him the academy role.

Now a more well rounded strategist thanks to his work over the last decade and a half, United are looking to hire O’Boyle into one of the top senior roles at the club.

This is part of United’s ongoing restructure to modernise the football operations, and better support the incoming new boss, who is yet to be appointed.

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