Who is Andy O’Boyle? Manchester United’s new assistant director of football

Manchester United have announced that Andy O’Boyle has returned to the club as assistant director of football.

O’Boyle, who arrives two days after Ralf Rangnick’s departure, will support United’s director of football John Murtough. The club have announced they will work to “advance the club’s football strategy at the first team, academy and women’s team.

It’s another important appointment for United behind the scenes at the football side. Here, MEN Sport took a closer look at O’Boyle and how he will fit into United’s future.

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His United story

A lifelong United fan, O’Boyle previously worked at Carrington but his connections go back further. As a youngster he played at the United Center of Excellence in Northern Ireland before focusing on working behind the scenes.

O’Boyle first worked for United 16 years ago as a coach for their academy. During this time he helped develop figures such as Marcus Rashford.

What is his football background outside of United?

After leaving United, O’Boyle spent two years as a fitness coach at Wrexham before taking a position as sports scientist at Coventry City in 2008. He then spent a long time at Anfield Road, where he was a fitness coach between 2011 and 2017.

His work at Liverpool was discovered by the FA, who hired him as a fitness coach for the national team’s under-21 side. O’Boyle spent just a year with England before moving to the Premier League as head of elite performance.

A move away from the Premier League was prompted by United’s approach to him for this new role. O’Boyle will complete his UEFA Pro license this summer and is pursuing a PhD in sports science.

What did O’Boyle say about the role?

“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. While it has been a privilege to serve in the Premier League for the past five years, I can’t wait to join United and play my part in creating the right environment for success in football.”

What did Murtough say about O’Boyle’s appointment?

“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.”

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