Nicky Butt was involved in an “explosive” bust-up with John Murtough before his departure from Manchester United, a report claims.
Butt recently left his role with United, where he had been the head of first-team development. His departure coincided with the promotion of Murtough to become the club’s first ever football director. The club claimed their former midfielder was ready to seek new challenges elsewhere.
However, reports soon emerged revealing there was more to it than that. According to The Athletic, Butt felt he was not given enough notice of the impending changes at the club and would have put his name forward for either Murtough’s new role or the technical director one that Darren Fletcher moved into.
Hence, Butt decided to leave, as he did not agree with Murtough and would not work under him. Now, the extent of their differences has been revealed.
According to Football Insider, Murtough and Butt had a bust-up at the Aon Training Complex. Witnesses described the verbal argument as “explosive”.
The pair were said to have exchanged “four-letter insults” as they “nearly came to blows”. This incident occurred around six months ago.
What’s more, it seems other coaches at the club are disappointed to see Butt leave. They regarded him as someone with the club’s best interests at heart, whereas they think Murtough will just act as the “eyes and ears of Ed Woodward”.
Once it became clear to Butt that he would have to report to Murtough, it came time for him to leave.
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Butt could join Celtic
The new challenge that Butt could opt for is a role at Celtic, the report from Football Insider adds.
His former United teammate Roy Keane is one of the favourites to become their next manager. In the event that he is appointed, Butt could head to Glasgow to work under him.
Keane has not held a managerial role for a decade, but has had various coaching stints at other clubs.
He is yet to agree terms with Celtic but it is believed he could take up the role. If he does, he may turn to Butt as part of his backroom staff.