Reasons given for Ricky Sbragia’s departure at Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 22nd May 2019 6:48

Manchester United Under-23s boss Ricky Sbragia has left the club, according to widespread reports.

PA Sport, the Manchester Evening News and The Telegraph, among other outlets all report that 62-year-old Sbragia has now left the club by mutual consent, with head of academy Nicky Butt to focus on the youth system’s structure as United move forwards.

Having previously had a spell in charge of the second string, the Scot returned to the club in 2017 to lead the Under-23s.

United were relegated from the top tier of Premier League 2 in 2017-18 and last season finished sixth in the 12-team second division -failing to win promotion back to the top flight and that has prompted his departure.

The Manchester Evening News claim a ‘dressing room source’ told them “United youngsters were frustrated by Sbragia’s lack of individual coaching and questioned his communication”.

The former Sunderland boss has also seen his tactics labelled “uninspiring” by the local paper’s ‘source’.

United’s former second-string boss Warren Joyce is available after leaving A-League side Melbourne City earlier this month.


Earlier this month Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey were all confirmed as part of the United coaching staff for next season.


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