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Farewell Rene Meulensteen

Manchester United yesterday announced the expected departure of First Team coach Rene Meulensteen. Although it’s not something you can put a wager at Betfair.com but Rene had played an important role under Sir Alex Ferguson.

With David Moyes preferring his own backroom staff, it seemed apparent that Meulensteen would be on his way out. He had reportedly been offered a role to remain at the club but it was a demotion from his current position.

Meulensteen was rated very highly by Sir Alex and the fans so his exit is a big loss to the club.

“I would like to thank Sir Alex Ferguson, the owners, all colleagues, players and fans who made my time at Manchester United very special and one I will never forget,” he said. “I wish everyone at this great football club all the best.”

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I’d like to thank Rene for his contribution to the club, particularly since he returned to Old Trafford in 2007. He has been first-team coach for five years and in that time has given great assistance to Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Phelan in keeping the team at the top of the game not only in this country but in Europe as well. On behalf of everyone at United, I wish him well for the future.”

If you unaware of the work Meulensteen did when he was at the club you should read this excellent article about our former coach.

Earlier this season, Robin van Persie singled Meulensteen out for praise. “The way he trains is exceptional,” he said. “He is truly one of the best coaches in the world. I have had a lot of good trainers, but it’s the way he prepares our team for games. Every match is different, so every training session in the build-up to games is unique. We know exactly what to expect and he wins points for us through his training. We’ve won a lot of games by the odd goal and they are point winners, which we train for. For instance, against Chelsea I scored after a low cross from Antonio Valencia on the right. It might seem a fluke but the whole week before the game was spent working on that move. Another example is my goal against Wigan, when I cut the ball inside and shot with my right foot. Again this situation, we trained on. Training is really good. It’s a very pleasant environment to work in.”


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14 Comments

  1. Dev says:

    Farewell mate. Hope you do just as well (Or better) in the future.

  2. Costas says:

    Expected indeed. All the best Rene. Thanks for your contributions.

  3. mes says:

    I wish him all the very best. A loyal servant to the club. I loved the bit in his interview where he was saying he’d say goodbye to his family as he left his house in the morning and then get into training and say hello to his other family.

    Top bloke and someone we were lucky to have.

    Cheers Rene!

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Wonderful coach, wonderful man, wonderful servant to Manchester United.

    Will be honored by reds wherever he goes.

    Best of luck to him and his family! Except against us!

    Rumor that he will work with Guss Hiddink at Anzhi (spelling?)

  5. Hans says:

    Good luck to him.

    I just hope that Moyes knows what he is doing!

  6. The One says:

    Farewell to a great servant of the club, thankful that he was an important part of our club and our history and thankful for all the wonderful memories he’s left for us. Sad to see him leave and although I’d have loved him to stay, I think he has made the right decision for both himself and the club….a clean start for the new team might be the best way forward for us. I believe he has made the decision with the best interest of the club at heart.

    I wish him all the best in his next appointment.

  7. bobrogers309 says:

    Wish him all the best in his n endeavor. Will be sorely missed

  8. Red Mist says:

    Wonder what Moyes has up his sleeve then?
    Coaches like Muelensteen are not easy to find.
    Wonder what RVP will think of Moyes’ playschool training sessions?
    lol

  9. orez says:

    Good luck to him. he has been a great servant to us.

    Moyes needs to succed very soon, because removing the whole coaching stuff is a good excuse for people to blame him in case all doesn’t go well. It’s a very risky tacktic and if works, it will be exceptional, but if not then it will backfire badly.

  10. Greek (MU)djahiddin says:

    It is a pity that people at the coaching team do not get the focus they should be entitled to. He has been a great coach, a key component of the success the club has had in the last 10 years. His replacement was expected since it is reasonable for Moyes to bring in his own people. Good luck and many thanks, we will keep the image of him sitting next to Sir Alex, exchanging views and celebrating.

  11. markowire says:

    Worries me that Moyes is destroying all the foundations that SAF built over the years. These people are trained winners and know united inside and out. They know the united winning way. Now Moyes is ripping out the heart and starting again. Everything was there for him. The team there having winning training skills and belief. Shaking it up drastically is gonna confuse the players. Good luck to Rene he’s a great coach. I just hope all this isn’t going to come back and bite Moyes on the arse.

  12. ash28kumar says:

    I still remember how our fans were castigating the coaching team and labelling them as “Yes Sir” type. Today everyone are concerned that they’re leaving.

    I don’t think the coaching team’s influence will matter with Moyes as the Manager as he himself is more a Track suit manager. Its important but not to a level where we’re to have concerns. The biggest question is the response of the players to Moyes. But again that too should be good as they’d want to win the league again for Moyes.

    Such overhauling is nothing new in Management. ‘m fine as long as the on-field excitement is still there and the club’s values are respected

  13. mark.evs says:

    Good luck Rene and thanks for all the excellent work you done for are great club really gutted your not staying, thanks for the greatest and funniest moment on the bench ever i still pmsl when i watch it when Phelan pops the balloon and sir Alex and Rene shit themselves quality

  14. Andromeda says:

    Thanks for everything indeed, personally however I don’t have any prejudices against such decision.A new manager might prefer his own selected coaching teams so o worry, best of the wishes Rene.

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