According to a pretty damning report by Ian Herbert of the Daily Mail, there are tensions within the Manchester United academy.
Last month, Nick Cox became head of academy – replacing Nicky Butt who is now head of first-team development.
It is noted that the two get on well, although Butt feels undermined by the reshuffle and it doesn’t sound like coaching staff are best pleased with basics such as the lack of viewing areas of the Carrington academy pitches from their offices.
The article has a certain tone, and even though we know the club is a mess at the moment, it contains nonsense like this: There is even unhappiness about the new first-team bus, which is seen by players as inferior to the vehicles which transport other top Premier League clubs.
I’m sure it’s a lot more luxurious than the buses we are used to – and there are some things people just complain about for the sake of it.
Maybe if they want to be treated like top Premier League players they should act, play and take responsibility like top Premier League players…
It doesn’t bode well that there are tensions in the academy so soon after changes were made to fix how the club operates at youth level.
There’s more in the report about first-team players getting tired of personal sponsor appearances last autumn. They refused to participate and then-captain Ashley Woodward had a meeting with Ed Woodward about it.
So, all is not well at United but the complaints about the team bus seem exaggerated. Are our players really that bad?