Manchester United appoints Andy O’Boyle as assistant director of football | football news

Manchester United have appointed Andy O’Boyle as assistant director of football.

O’Boyle, who is returning to United 16 years after serving as academy coach, will step down from his current job as head of elite performance in the Premier League this summer.

He will support director of football John Murtough in driving the club’s football strategy across the first team, academy and women’s team.

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O’Boyle, who has previously held roles at Liverpool, England Under-21s, Coventry and Wrexham, said: “I am delighted to return to Manchester United at such an exciting time for the club as the first team prepare for a fresh start under Erik ten Hag, and the academy and women’s teams are becoming more and more successful.

“While it has been a privilege to serve in the Premier League for the last five years, I can’t wait to join United and play my part in creating the right environment for football success.”

In the Premier League, O’Boyle has been responsible for advising clubs on talent identification and recruitment, performance analysis, sports science and medicine, psychology and credit management.

He will complete his UEFA Pro license this summer and is also working on a PhD, having already obtained a Masters in Sports Science.

“We are delighted to welcome Andy back to Manchester United to take on this important role in running the club,” added Murtough.

“Andy has experience in all technical aspects of football, from fitness and sports science to scouting and recruitment.

“This will make him a valuable addition to my team at Carrington as we continue to strengthen the leadership and strategic planning across all our football activities.”

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“The last piece of the puzzle.” This is how Jose Mourinho described Manchester United’s Europa League final win over Ajax in May 2017.

Victory that night in Stockholm should be the beginning, not the end. It might have been their third trophy of the season – Mourinho memorably gestured with his fingers – but it was also what he described as his most difficult season in charge.

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