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Moyes Axes Phelan and Steele

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Manchester United have confirmed that both assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele won’t be a part of the club’s new era under incoming manager David Moyes.

The unsurprising news comes as Moyes begins to put a stamp on his reign as United’s new manager. “I would like to put on record the club’s thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done. I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers,” he said.

Steele joined United from cross-city rivals Manchester City in 2008 as a replacement for the injured Tony Coton. Phelan – a former United player between 1989 and 1994 – served as the club’s first team coach since 2001 and was promoted to the position of assistant manager in 2008. A managerial role could be on the cards; he was previously linked to Burnley following Owen Coyle’s departure to Bolton Wanderers in 2010.

Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward was full of praise for the pair, saying: “I’d like to thank Eric and Mick for the enormous contributions they have made to the success of Manchester United in their time here. Their professionalism, ability and diligence have been a credit to them. They are top class football men and everyone here wishes them well for long and successful careers in the game.”

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