Manchester United have made Mike Phelan’s interim appointment as assistant manager permanent by tying him down to a new three-year contract.
Phelan returned to Old Trafford way back in December as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s deputy but hadn’t agreed to a permanent appointment until now.
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Sir Alex Ferguson’s former deputy was previously also touted for the much coveted Director of Football job at Old Trafford, but his appointment in United’s backroom staff should foil all such speculations.
“I am thrilled to be back as assistant manager,” said Phelan. ”Manchester United has been a huge part of my life since I joined as a player in 1989 and I am delighted to be able to continue that relationship in this key role.
“Since returning in December, I have enjoyed working with Ole, Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna], Mark [Dempsey] and Emilio [Alvarez] and we are all focused on preparing for the new season.”
Solksjaer who on multiple occasions hailed the impact Phelan has had since his return to the club was delighted by the announcement.
”Mike is a great person to have around and has been invaluable to me since we returned in December.
“He brings a wealth of experience to this role with along established connection to the club.
“We have a good group of coaching staff and we are already working on the challenges that lie ahead of us as we plan for the new season and the future beyond.”
After Phelan’s appointment, Woodward will still have the task of recruiting the club’s first ever Director of Football as the Red Devils saddle up for a busy summer transfer window ahead.