Training Ground Guru | O’Boyle becomes assistant director of football at Manchester United

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ANDY O’BOYLE has been appointed to the new position of Assistant Director of Football at Manchester United.

The Old Trafford club said the Northern Irishman will support director of football John Murtough “to advance the club’s football strategy at first-team, academy and women’s side”.

The lifelong United fan comes from the Premier League, where he has been Head of Elite Performance since April 2017. This role included advising clubs on talent identification and recruitment, sports science and medicine, psychology, performance analysis and credits.

Before that, he worked for Liverpool for six years, first as Head of Elite Fitness, then as first-team fitness coach from October 2015. He served as Head of Fitness and Conditioning for four months following the sudden departure of Ryland Morgans, joining the club in 2016 before Jurgen Klopp brought in Andreas Kommayer from Bayern Munich to take on the role permanently.

O’Boyle was born in Ballymena and grew up on his family’s farm in County Antrim. He went to Liverpool University and also won a football scholarship to Rhode Island, USA. His first job in football was with Wrexham’s youth teams and soon he was joining the Welsh club’s first team.

He briefly worked as a coach at Manchester United’s academy and was offered a permanent position at the club in 2008, but instead opted to become head of sport science at Coventry City.

This was followed by a role with the Football Association as Under-21 physical performance coach before moving to Anfield in 2011.

O’Boyle is highly qualified, with a Masters in Sports Science while working on a PhD and Uefa Pro License. He will be doing the Pro License course at the English FA in Manchester next month.

Murhart said: “We are delighted to welcome Andy back to Manchester United to take on this vital role in running the club. Andy has experience in all technical aspects of football, from fitness and sports science to scouting and recruitment.

“This will make him a valuable addition to my team at Carrington as we continue to strengthen leadership and strategic planning across all our football activities.”

O’Boyle added: “I am delighted to be returning to Manchester United at such an exciting time for the club as the first team prepares for a fresh start under Erik ten Hag and the academy and women’s teams continue to grow in strength.”

United have undergone a significant restructuring behind the scenes in recent months. Murtough, who runs the club’s entire football department, has become an increasingly dominant and visible presence. O’Boyle’s arrival will allow him to increasingly focus on first-team affairs and recruiting.

Dominic Jordan took up his role as Director of Data Science in March, while Matt Judge, Director of Football Negotiations, and United’s two senior scouts, Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout, have left.

And perhaps most importantly, Ten Hag has arrived from Ajax as the club’s new manager, with Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag as his assistants.

The club confirmed yesterday that Ralf Rangnick will not remain at the club as a football advisor as originally planned as all official ties with United have now been severed.

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