BREAKING: Rene resigns to become United’s third departure within a week

by Sam Peoples

Rene Meulensteen has resigned as Manchester United’s first-team coach, Voetbal International has confirmed this evening.

The 49-year-old’s resignation ends a 12 year association with the club that had seen him take control of the Youth and Reserve squads before becoming United’s first team coach in 2007.

Voetbal International report that Meulensteen was offered the opportunity to stay with the club in a different role but declined to take up the chance.

It comes as a massive blow to a lot of fans who hoped that Meulensteen would remain at United following the appointment of David Moyes but it seems that the Scot wants to choose the staff he works with.

Meulensteen becomes the third member of United’s back room staff to leave the club within a week following the departure of assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

I had hoped that Rene would become Moyes’ assistant manager due to his long association with the club and the deep understanding he has with our squad having been their first-team coach for the past five years.

Having Meulensteen alongside him would of made Moyes’ settling period much easier at the club so it really is a shame to see him go. His man management skills were fantastic and there was a real sense of mutual respect between him and the players.

The Guardian has followed up the resignation of Meulensteen by suggesting that Phil Neville will replace him as first-team coach.

Rumours have linked the Dutchman with the vacant FC Twente position and despite not having the full coaching licenses, I’d be surprised if Meulensteen wasn’t given the opportunity to manage a team (he did once manage Brondby for a short period in 2006).

I’d like to say a big thank you to Meulensteen for all the work he has done with the squad. He played a major role in the rise of Robin van Persie this season and no doubt was a major figure in the minds of all the players and now that most of the back room staff has left since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Moyes’ era is well under way.

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10 comments

Kc 05/28/2013 - 11:27

I think Gill and SAF and Glazers owe it to the club and the fans to make sure Rene stays, and not replaced by someone like Neville, who can only qualify as assisting with the academy if at all.

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Lawal basit alade 05/28/2013 - 10:10

Why is man utd replacing their back room staff after sir alex ferguson retirement. Phil neville cant be an assistant manager because he does not have any coaching experience. Help us talk to moyes please dont destroy our team

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Mike Kama 05/28/2013 - 08:05

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! What in the name of goodness is Moyes doing! You can’t just come in and destroy everything that’s been built over years. Maulsteen was a genius at the club. He was the antidote to Mike Phelan’s defensive, 9-1 formation tactics. He and Sir Alex brought the best out of Carrick, Anderson and even Cleverley at some point. I’m so frustrated I’ll just end it there. God help this club.

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Peter odey 05/28/2013 - 07:33

I am not okay wit d changes in utd staff xpecialy Rene first team coach

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Amah2950 05/28/2013 - 06:48

Its really bad to heared rene resignation,now i come to believe united will struggle next season under moyes,this is d position that should not be touch,he is fantastics with the guys and good understanding.

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Kc 05/27/2013 - 23:59

Manchester United owe it to the fans to make sure Rene stays as the head coach or as the A. Manager. Respect to Moyes is one thing, but destroying the club’s future and making it the biggest laughing stock in the world is just too much to take. This is the worst nightmare becoming a reality. How dare you Moyes? Don’t insult Manchester United and their fans by bring in your cronies. Please don’t go Rene.

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Kc 05/27/2013 - 23:44

Biggest problem is when such a small man is trying to fill SAF’s post at the biggest club in the world. Phil Neville replacing Rene is a joke right? This is as bad as SAF’s retirement news. WTF is going on here?

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nigel banks 05/27/2013 - 23:01

hi, just a bit of advice to david!!!! this is MANCHESTER UNITED the biggest club in the world, we are not a everton, you cannot just replace the BEST PEOPLE in their field with people who have NO track record, at the very top of their field. i mean who in there right minds ,for example would swap van persie for zamora. PLEASE DO NOT DESTROY OUR CLUB, rene is the best coach in world football,all you have to do is just ask fergie ??????

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Eric 05/28/2013 - 18:39

Nigel, I totally agreed with you. It’s a joke if Phil Neville is appointed 1st team coach.

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b 05/27/2013 - 23:00

I just can’t believe this, and he is being replaced with Phil Neville! There is no comparison for me, im sorry, i know Neville did really well at Everton and became their captain etc but to become 1st team coach at the biggest club in the world????

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