Manchester United has announced the appointment of Mike Phelan as the club’s new Assistant Manager.
The news was made known via a statement on the club’s official website and on their official Twitter handle.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2019
Phelan is on a three-year contract with the team and according to him, “I am thrilled to be back as Assistant Manager. Manchester United has been a huge part of my life since I joined as a player in 1989 and I am delighted to be able to continue that relationship in this key role.”
“Since returning in December, I have enjoyed working with Ole, Michael, Kieran, Mark and Emilio and we are all focused on preparing for the new season”, he added.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said about his appointment:
“Mike is a great person to have around and has been invaluable to me since we returned in December. He brings a wealth of experience to this role with a long established connection to the club.”
As a player, he spent most of his playing career at Burnley, Norwich City and Manchester United, with a short spell at West Bromwich Albion before retirement. While he was with Manchester United he also earned a single cap for England. In 2002, Norwich fans voted Phelan into the club’s Hall of Fame.
Following the end of his playing career, Phelan moved into management. He first took a position as Gary Megson’s assistant at his former club, Norwich City, before following Megson to Blackpool and then Stockport County. After Megson left Stockport, Phelan was hired by another former club, Manchester United, taking over as the assistant manager of the club’s reserve team.
Two years later, he was promoted to become Alex Ferguson’s chief first-team coach, and in 2008 he replaced Carlos Queiroz as Ferguson’s assistant manager. He remained in the position until Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, when Ferguson’s successor David Moyesreplaced the entire coaching staff.