Manchester United have released a press statement to confirm Tony Strudwick’s coaching position at the club.
Reports this week intimated Strudwick had been removed as a first-team coach in order to work solely with the academy sides at United but that is not strictly the case.
Strudwick has become United’s head of athletic development and while he will indeed be working with United’s academy sides, he will still be heavily involved in the coaching of the first-team with Louis van Gaal.
A press statement from United said: “At the start of this season Tony took on the role of head of athletic development. Tony is now overseeing the athletic development of all players, working with Louis van Gaal for the first team right through to Paul McGuinness in the Academy.
“Introducing this new role and using Tony’s invaluable experience in sports science, which spans over 20 years, shows the club’s commitment on placing greater emphasis on developing players for the long-term success of the club.”
Speaking about the new position, Strudwick said: “I am thoroughly enjoying this new role.
“With increased importance on developing players for the future, the athletic component becomes critical in their advancement and to have the chance to work with the younger players, who are in the early stages of their career, as well as the first team, will give a continuity of progression which is critical to their future success.”