Manchester United confirm Andy O’Boyle as new assistant director of football | Soccer

Andy O’Boyle joins Manchester United this summer (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Manchester United have appointed Andy O’Boyle as the club’s new assistant football director.

O’Boyle has been Head of Elite Performance in the Premier League for the last five years, having previously worked as a fitness coach under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

United have undergone a reorganization at board level over the past 18 months, with Richard Arnold replacing Ed Woodward as the club’s new chief executive and John Murtough taking charge of the football team alongside Darren Fletcher.

O’Boyle has a range of experience across all aspects of football and will seek to attend to matters on and off the pitch, with recruitment high on his list of priorities.

The Red Devils have squandered more than £1.3billion in the last nine years and won just three trophies in that time.

O’Boyle’s appointment is intended to free around two-thirds of Murtough’s time to work in other areas of the club and he insists he is pleased to welcome the former Liverpool manager on board.

John Murtough and Darren Fletcher become Manchester United football director and technical director

Murtough and Fletcher are part of a new-look team (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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

With Ralf Rangnick no longer taking on a consulting role, O’Boyle is expected to work alongside Erik ten Hag on the recruitment side.

And he says he’s thrilled to be joining the club at such an important time.

“I am delighted to be returning to Manchester United at such an exciting time for the club as the first team prepares for a fresh start under Erik ten Hag and the academy and women’s teams continue to grow,” said O’Boyle.

“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 do my part in creating the right environment for football success.”

A lifelong United fan, O’Boyle was at the club’s Center of Excellence as a youngster before shifting his focus to sports science and coaching.

According to United, during his career he was “responsible for advising clubs on talent identification and recruitment, performance analysis, sports science and medicine, psychology and credit management” and will take on a similar role at Old Trafford.

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