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Meulensteen hasn’t left United… yet

Following the departure of Mike Phelan and Eric Steele, rumours were rife that Rene Meulensteen had also left the club after rejecting the new position offered by David Moyes. Reports suggested that Meulensteen wasn’t prepared to accept the demotion, with Moyes wanting to bring in his own first team coach, and had left the club.

“So far I will report on July 1st. I am still under contract at the club,” he told Dutch football magazine ELF Voetbal. “I didn’t step down, and also I was not sacked by Manchester United. I am still employed at the club.”

Whilst it’s pleasing to hear, you imagine that Meulensteen has plans to leave, but nothing has been finalised as yet. He has been linked with the Wigan job, as Roberto Martinez makes way to fill the place vacated by David Moyes at Everton.

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  1. Kings says:

    I sincerely hope he stays on.

  2. red dawn says:

    I agree with Kings, technically a very good coach. Would be a big loss and a bit of continuity wouldn’t hurt.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I must say club could be handling Rene with a bit more assurance. Several reports make it sound like no one has a single clue.

    One could write an essay on why Rene should be retained. But that all flies out the window if Moyes want his team from Everton. Bit gutted for Rene who has been a phenomenal servant to the club.
    Practically raised the likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. Still, can’t see a future if United continue on the path that has been laid out in the last couple of weeks.

    Good luck to Rene, whatever the future may bring.

  4. wayne says:

    He makes good money and been told there’s a job for him if he wants it,wtf is wrong with that

  5. wayne says:

    i’m sure most of us have worked for companies that have had major management changes,so there’s always that uncertainty.Now let’s say you’re one of the top lads the new management tells you still have a job,wages won’t change just duties and job description.Would anyone feel hard done by or relieved,i’m sure most of us the latter.
    Utd are not Roy of the Rovers comic strip,their a business just like any other and most working for them make good money and live a lifestyle that most of us can only dream of.Rene is a decent bloke and i’m sure if he has better options elsewhere he’ll take them but just don’t get this shock and feeling sorry for him.
    Did someone tell him his job is safe or take him out the back and flog him

  6. King Eric says:

    Hope he stays on. One thing though he didn’t raise Clevs and Danny per se Fletch. Warren Joyce and Paul mcguinnes et al did.

  7. King Eric says:

    One thing I do find amusing is some of the hypocrisy on here. Not you Fletch mate. Our much berated “shit” backroom staff, tagged by some, are suddenly the be all and end all!

  8. soccerisfootbal says:

    good, lets keep it that way. too many changes at once just spits in the face of all this “stability” talk.

    he’s an excellent coach, players and such rave about him. i also think he does great work based on those nike videos about his training sessions.

    but it wouldn’t hurt to bring in some new assistant to help with tactics.. with our midfield seemingly getting younger, i’d like us to re-introduce pressing and quick transitions and wingplay. our build-up is very slow again, unlike what it was at the beginning of last season, for example.

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric. Cheers son. We all feel Moyes has every right to bring in his people. Straight shooting with Steel and Phelan might have been a shock, but it was done well enough.

    In the end, the quotes from the link suggest that Moyes has every intention to talk things out with Rene post haste and that Rene can’t say anything one way or the other until then.

    Think Rene would have been better served by keeping his council on this, but clearly the man feels out in the wind. Especially with former colleagues getting the quick executive watch after turning in their keys.

    If he goes he goes.

    Funny that some are worried that folks are criticizing Moyes. Woodward is the only one picking up the phone. I would look to him. Moyes seems a good man and happy to see what he has to say in what…. 26days? Give or take.

  10. King Eric says:

    Fletch. No worries mate. Renee has always been outspoken especially when interviewed by Dutch. Spoke
    of wanting Sneijder and one or two other things. Top bloke.

  11. wayne says:

    Not worried about folks criticizing Moyes just don’t see the point to it or what the negativity will achieve,one moan initially whatever but some just keep going over the same shit and it’s pointless because nothing is going to change.It’s also not warranted because no one knows how well the new coaching staff will work out,so to slag them off and say Moyes is already making mistakes,is just a load of bollocks because the season hasn’t played out yet.
    Have no issues with criticism if justified but when it’s unfounded because there’s no facts or anything to base it on,that’s wrong.

  12. King Eric says:

    One person I haven’t heard mentioned is Tony Strudwick. Take it he’s staying? Great fitness coach and celebrates every goal like a proper fan. One thing Moyes won’t allow is slacking off. He’s a disciplinarian. His sides work their socks off and play till final whistle as United have found to their cost. He certainly may improve some of the defending. Look how good he made average players like Distin and Jagielka. He plays with wide men. Likes a strong central midfield. Our players have experience they aren’t suddenly gonna become shit. We’ll be fine. A P Nev quote on Moyes ended ” the DNA of a Moyes team is clear: hard work, togetherness, spirit and fight ” Sounds like United. Only time will tell.

  13. LoneStarRed says:

    I was happy to hear that Muelensteen is still at United. My hope is that if he chooses to leave he will be replaced with someone as good as or better. I would really like to see them work out any philosophical differences for the betterment of the club.

  14. LoneStarRed says:

    @ King Eric 23:04

    Rene IS Dutch and when have we ever seen a Dutch in football NOT express their opinion? lol (stereotypical yes but more than a grain of truth)

  15. Costas says:

    Something tells me they’ve yet to figure out what his role will be.

  16. LexxytheRed says:

    Don’t fucking touch the academy, Warren Joyce et al must stay

  17. wayne says:

    Looks like Strootman is going to be Utd’s first summer signing,betting has been suspended

  18. In David We Trust says:

    King Eric – Moyes cannot start over pushing the older players, like ferdinand vidic evra giggs, they have to be let off much loosely. He cannot start putting them through draining training regimes, heck I do not think guys like smallen should go through a brutal training schedule, when he is just recovering from injury. He has to look at the different physical nature’s of the players, and their physical preparations. I still do not get changing all the united staff, if it was for better coaches, yes, but the everton staff? it does not really add up. When fergie replaces united staff, he went for coaches who could bring new things to the team, I do not see what the everton coaching staff will bring.. We saw how the team was not quiet the same after Carlos left in 08. Moyes should really be widening his gaze, instead of going backwards to everton

  19. In David We Trust says:

    I would like to see the united fitness coaching staff replaced, as our problem since 2009, was the terrible physical fitness of the united players since august 2009. Heck hargreaves anderson nani even rooney at times, never seemed to be on top of their game, so atleast our fitness coaching staff will be improved, as they could handle keeping a small squad fit at everton, at united this will be a dream

  20. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    Agreed that the training regiment could use a tweak. Will be interesting to see this United squad with more lungs and less crocks.

    Imagine Smalling, Anderson, and Rooney approaching the season in a fit manner. United are one helluva squad on paper. Maybe a new tactic to keep everyone fit and hungry is exactly what these players need.

  21. slayer says:

    When you raised this issue, it seems true. I guess changes might be necessary for the fitness department. If United going to challenge for trophies especially like for treble, we’ll need the players fitness at its best and less injury.

  22. SITS says:

    I really don’t understand the moaning. David Moyes is doing everything right here. He is coming to the club as manager, as the man in charge. If he just stepped in and kept the staff then he would be seen as just stepping into Sir Alex’s shoes and have diminished respect. He is the boss, he decides who stays and goes – he is not there as a puppet. Thank gawd! It means he is taking this seriously.

    I haven’t heard anyone say that Micky must stay yet the arguments that people use could apply to him. Moyes has his team and he wants them around him. Don’t you think that whoever takes over at Everton will bring their own staff in? So Moyes’s trusted colleagues who have been with him for years would be on the dole. Would that be the kind of boss we wanted?

    In the end he is the boss, he is no Wilf. That makes me much more confident for the future of Manchester United.

  23. nesh says:

    I agree a bit of continuity is good for the will help with mostly the younger players to keep there confidence as they warm up to the new gaffer

  24. bayoRed says:

    Wont we miss out on crucial tranfer targets while we wait for the 1st of July. Why cant the new boss suspend his holiday and come and start sorting out thse issues, or is he at Carrinton regularly anyone?

  25. bayoRed says:


  26. bayoRed says:

    There are a number of things that needed to be sorted early to avoid all this speculation 1. Rooney 2. Renne 3.Nani 4.Giggs (I expect Giggs to be in the Technical team, dnt se him continuieng on the pitch as he did with Fergie)

  27. ZAPATAPAKA says:

    I hear Strootman is almost in…would have preferred a tough DM like Vic Wanyanma too

  28. lordrt says:

    To keep up with the good work already done so far, it would be foolish for the board or Moyes to make him go, the latter must know that he has to keep someone who has the knowledge of the backroom as well, and not start bringing in his own staff and turn United down to Everton’s level by decreasing the players confidence already…

  29. AlphaRS says:

    Are Strootman and Fellaini similar players? I thought the Moyes and Fellaini link might have meant that his transfer was more likely. Strootman in Dutch captain. Not too shabby for a 23 year old.
    Hopefully this transfer comes through because I think this is the 3rd transfer window in a row when this was supposed to be a done deal.

    I’m now hoping for either Fabregas or Alcantara. I’d rather take Alcantara though.

    Hopefully Young is sent on his way. He had a few good games but that has been it. I get the impression he thinks that because he is at United he has made it.

  30. Bobby Charlton's Combover says:

    Can’t see him staying on and I hope it doesn’t get messy.

  31. Diego says:

    Good point. Delaying possible deals, even if they have been “agreed upon” between the two parties can easily fall through just because some sugar daddy club comes in with a silly offer.

  32. Diego says:

    King Eric says:
    One thing I do find amusing is some of the hypocrisy on here. Not you Fletch mate. Our much berated “shit” backroom staff, tagged by some, are suddenly the be all and end all!

    People have been moaning about Phelan and the medical staff during the last years. Rene and Steele have been getting praised. Not a single post has been posted where anyone is feeling that Phelan has been a huge loss. Are we correct in thinking that Rene >> Phelan ? Probably not, but hypocrisy? Nope.

  33. King Eric says:

    Diego. Trust me mate folk HAVE slagged the entire backroom staff off.

    IDWT. Strudwick is a great fitness coach. Injuries are part and parcel.

  34. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Wanyama is vastly overrated. Strootman is 23 and a technician of a footballer, he adds that elegance that most dutch players have on the ball with strenggth and mobility, he’s a dominant all round central midfielder able to be strong defensively and playmake. A cracking left foot as wel to show his goal threat. he could become world class. Moyes gets him in and he’d be impressing on the transfer front already, thankfully avoiding the purchase of bloody fellaini.

  35. Markowire says:

    Moyes need to be careful. United have a wonderful structure built by Fergie. Fergie left it in a strong way. I Understand moyes will want to make some changes but Meulenstein should stay put or even become Moyes number 2


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