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Nicky Butt reveals why he left Manchester United coaching role

Max Cooper
Butt became irritated at Man Utd
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Nicky Butt has revealed that he left his role at Manchester United earlier in the year because he became 'irritated' with the goings-on behind the scenes at the club.

The former Red Devils midfielder returned to the club in 2012 as an assistant coach for the reserve team, before progressing through the ranks over the coming years and becoming head of first-team development. However, he announced in March 2021 that he was to leave Old Trafford.

And Butt has now spoken out over his decision to part ways with Man Utd, claiming that he had become 'irritable' due to 'some of the stuff going on at the club'.

"My first job was assistant coach of the reserves with Warren Joyce. I managed the reserves when Joycey left, then I was the academy manager. Then I went to head of first-team development. From there, I couldn’t see where my next step was," Butt told The Athletic.

“When I get frustrated in a role or a job, as I did, I’m a different kind of person. I become irritable, not happy. I blame everybody else. The same thing happened to me as a player. When I start getting that feeling, I need to get out.

“As a player, I saw people I thought I was better than - in fact, I knew was better than - playing rather than me and that made me miserable. I wasn’t happy with my training, I would come home miserable. It was time to leave United as a player and that’s why I spoke to the manager then.

“This time, I was getting irritated about some of the stuff going on at the club. I felt irritable within myself. I needed to change. Most people don’t leave Man United unless they have something lined up.

“I had nothing lined up. I just knew my personality, how I react to things and that it was time to leave. I didn’t know where my next step was at the club. I wanted to evolve and one day I woke up and thought, ‘This isn’t for me anymore.’ If I’d stayed, it would have gone one way which would have been bad.”

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