Manchester United chief pens down emotional message as he leaves the club

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Manchester United legend Nicky Butt has confirmed that he will step down from his role as Manchester United’s head of first-team development to pursue new challenges.

Butt, who was a product of the academy and was part of the famous Class of 92, has been working in the youth setup since 2012.

Butt admitted that he is pleased with the development of the academy players, which has seen a good number of academy players make progress to the senior team under his watch. But in his farewell address, he also admitted that the time was ripe for him to leave and pursue other goals.

“Having come through the Academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey,” Butt said.

“I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential, and the results are clear to see in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.

“I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”