Mike Phelan will not become head coach of Man United’s first team. News


Mike Phelan, Manchester United’s assistant manager, will no longer be hired as first team coach next season.

New head coach Erik ten Hag bought his own staff and according to Athleticformer United player Phelan will not be asked to continue any previous role.

With the appointment of Mitchell van der Gaag and former United assistant Steve McClaren, Phelan’s services are no longer needed at the club.

Phelan, 59, previously coached at United under two different managers.

Originally joining Old Trafford as a Norwich player, under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989, Phelan was also hired as a coach by the Scot.

After a period of absence from United, he was bought back as an assistant by former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2019.

But Ten Hag’s newly appointed manager has frozen the coach, and Phelan now looks ready to go.

Unless United decides to keep their services in a different capacity due to the Englishman’s long service.

Phelan only signed a new contract last year, so the former midfielder would have to negotiate a deal to leave the club.

“He could have stayed at the club in a non-training role, but that has yet to be decided,” explains The Athletic.

Hiring Phelan for 33 years would surely mean he would be rewarded with a different role on the Manchester team.

Since United looks to be rebuilding under the ten Witches, a familiar face with so much experience could be used elsewhere.

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