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Man Utd announce academy coach Ryan leaving

Manchester United academy coach Neil Ryan is leaving the club for the FA.

The United Under-23s assistant coach has been a staff member at the club for 19 years and has had a hand in the development of plenty of youngsters who have gone on to enjoy long careers. Ryan has worked with 39 players who made a first-team appearance for the club.

“Neil has contributed massively to this football club throughout his time here," Nick Cox, the head of academy, told United's official website.

"His tireless efforts and commitment to the role have been vitally important to the academy.

“Just like his father, Neil has developed a huge number of young players over the years, consistently supporting academy graduates in reaching their potential. The Ryan family will always have an amazing association with Manchester United.

“As Neil prepares for his exciting new role with the English Football Association, this is yet another example of the progress that coaches, as well as players, can make within our youth development system.

“The whole of the academy thanks Neil for his service over the last nineteen years and wishes him the very best of luck in his new position."

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