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Manchester United Confirm Departure of Backroom Staff; Mike Phelan and Eric Steele Gone

manchester united Manchester United Confirm Departure of Backroom Staff; Mike Phelan and Eric Steele Gone

Manchester United have today confirmed the departure of assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

“I would like to put on record the club’s thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done,” said Manchester United manager David Moyes. “I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers.”

Phelan, a former United player, was promoted by Sir Alex Ferguson to the role of assistant manager in 2008, having served the club as a first-team coach since 2001. Steele, joined the club in 2008 as first-team goalkeeping coach to fill the void left by Tony Coton who had been forced to retire due to injury.

While Phelan and Steele have left Old Trafford, it’s expected that Moyes will take his backroom staff from Everton to Manchester United. That means that Everton assistant manager Steve Round and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods could be moving with Moyes to United.

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8 Responses to Manchester United Confirm Departure of Backroom Staff; Mike Phelan and Eric Steele Gone

  1. Taylor says:

    Not unexpected and I’m not too concerned with Phelan departing. He’s a good coach but I don’t think he offers a lot – he’s more a trusted staff in Fergie’s backroom after Queiroz left.
    Woods could be a good addition. Always have a soft spot on him because he languished on a bench for so long due to the presence of Peter Shilton. I am concerned that he might be too busy as he’s acting as USMNT goalkeeper coach too (although I believe due to Tim Howard’s being Everton goalkeeper).

  2. San Franciscan says:

    That’s kinda bad, although it seems Rene is staying.

  3. Wongo1 says:

    We all knew Phelan was going to be gone as well as SAF. As pointed out by previous poster Rene is the real issue.

  4. eplnfl says:

    Thought the deal may have been the staff was staying. SAF gave a recommendation and is not leaving the club. Moyes showed some authority with the staff.

  5. David says:

    Moyes is demonstrating that he intends to run the show himself and have control over who the assistants will be. I thought he might keep Phelan just to ensure some continuity but he has decided for a clean start. Good for him. People will be more interested in the type of players he signs so that’s what will cause the most discussion.

  6. kagawa23 says:

    This is how you start off your career at Mufc moyes??? Eric steele is the best gk coach bar none in the world and is a key part of the DDG support system. Phelan can go but wtf is wrong with this guy moyes. Bad start already. Guess who Joe hart worked with when he got his first england cap?

  7. dan mart says:

    Interesting. Who is rene?

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