McGuinness’ departure has received a lot of publicity with contradictory reports. McGuinness did resign however he was pushed into doing so with the Youth setup under a lot of scrutiny, and seemingly top of Woodward’s agenda following a review this week. Recent form may have had a factor, however this is a transitional period for the infrastructure of the club on all levels.
Over his 11 years in charge he has done a remarkable job for the under-18s, most notably his finest achievement was the talented FA Youth Cup winners of 2011. During his time he saw 86 academy graduates make first-team debuts, a remarkable record unparalleled to any other club’s academy management. As the youth setup continues to be shaken up Nick Butt is favourite to take his place.
It’s been announced that Paul McGuiness has left United, a coach who has seen 86 of his Academy players go on to play for the first team. I believe it to be a mistake to let him go as he is excellent at his job and this seasons results wouldn’t change even if Sir Alex was in charge of them as so many obstacles were placed in McGuinness’s way, like have to continually pick U16 who are nowhere near ready to step up and the lack of investment at that level. To me, it’s further proof that the decision makers at the club don’t have the slightest clue about the game itself.
McGuinness is a United fanatic and couldn’t have done more to bring success to the club. He is also a genuinely lovely bloke who had time for everyone and would go out of his way to help followers of the youth teams. I wish him well wherever his future lies.