Former City coach to leave Oz role after permanent appointment at Manchester United

Former City coach Mike Phelan is staying at Manchester United as assistant manager. Picture: Paul Ch

Former City coach Mike Phelan is staying at Manchester United as assistant manager. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mike Phelan will not be continuing as sporting director of the Central Coast Mariners following his permanent appointment as Manchester United’s assistant manager, it is understood.

Sir Alex Ferguson's former right-hand man returned to the club in December to work alongside caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the remainder of the season.

Phelan was linked with the technical director vacancy at Old Trafford but United announced on Friday that he had signed a three-year deal to stay as assistant manager.

The 56-year-old has been balancing that job as sporting director of the Central Coast Mariners in Australia in recent months.

MORE: City are open for businessPhelan, who took up the post last July, remains listed as sporting director on the Central Coast Mariners' website but it is understood that he will not be staying on in that role with the A-League side.

Solskjaer has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey will remain part of United's coaching team along with Phelan next season.


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Phelan was Neil Adams' first team coach at Carrow Road in November 2016 but left two months later when he was overlooked for the manager's job in favour of Alex Neil after it had been vacated by Adams.

He was also assistant to Gary Megson at City during the 1995-96 season.

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