Nicky Butt is reportedly in line to join Wayne Rooney’s coaching team with Derby County after a surprise exit from his role as Manchester United’s head of first-team development.
United confirmed the ‘Class of ’92’ member has left the club on Wednesday, after nine years in various roles developing the prodigious academy talents.
According to The Athletic, Butt’s departure came after a clash in perspectives with newly appointed football director John Murtough.
‘Friction’ is said to have built up between the pair as Murtough’s influence grew before his new role was officially announced.
“I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge,” Butt said in a statement on United’s official website.
“I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”
Butt, a Treble winner in 1999, is said to be ready for a new challenge and that could come instantly in the form of a reunion with Rooney at Championship side Derby.
The Sun reports that there is a current vacancy that could be of interest under Rooney, who is leading the Rams in his first managerial job.
Derby’s U23 boss Gary Bowyer became manager of ‘Class of ’92’ owned Salford City this week and there could be a possibility he takes over that role at Pride Park.
Butt has shown great proficiency in developing young talent with United stars Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood all working closely with the coach before their graduation to the first-team.