Butt: United need to wait to replace Joyce

Nicky Butt believes it is vital Manchester United wait for the ideal candidate before appointing a new reserve team coach.

Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 7:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 8:11 am
Warren Joyce

The former United midfielder, who is head of the club’s academy, has been filling the role on an interim basis after Warren Joyce left to take up the manager’s job at Championship side Wigan in November.

Interviews are currently taking place for Joyce’s permanent replacement but Butt feels the club should not be too hasty in making a decision.

“It’s something we’re looking at and something we’ve got to get right,” he told MUTV.

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“It’s a very important age group to manage and look after. It’s the last step into the first team or into different clubs to try to make a career.

“It’s important and we’re going through the process of having interviews. Hopefully, pretty soon, we’ll have someone in mind who comes along.

“We don’t want to make it a rush job and get the wrong person in.”

Butt oversaw a 1-0 victory at Liverpool reserves on Monday night, although he is eager to return to his main role.

“I am enjoying it but there’s a bigger job and a bigger picture with the club to do, right from the under-12s to the under-23s, and it’s something I’m keen to get started again,” he added.

Former reserve manager Joyce returns to Old Trafford on January 29 when United host Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.