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Manchester United coach Nicky Butt departs as Preston and Celtic links intensify

Preston North End and Celtic are both looking for new managers at the moment after the recent departures of Alex Neil and Neil Lennon. Plenty of names have been linked with both posts, and an announcement today from an English Premier League club has provided food for thought for fans of both.

After nine years on the backroom staff Nicky Butt is leaving Manchester United to ‘pursue new challenges’. “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”

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His last role with United was as head of first-team development and also worked within the academy as well, which has improved dramatically in the last few years. He is credited with having helped Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood transition from the youth setup into the first-team. Having held an important role at one of the biggest clubs in the world, you can only presume Butt’s next role in football will be as a manager or head coach himself.

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He’s been backed into 8/1 with SkyBet to be the next Preston manager, making him the current third favourite with them. His odds have rapidly shortened since the announcement from Manchester United. Of course this can just be down to more people putting two and two together and having a flutter. He’s a 33/1 outsider for the Celtic job at the time of writing, however The Celtic Star has suggested he could go to Glasgow as Roy Keane’s number two.

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It would fit with the approach that Preston seem set to take, employing a head coach rather than a manager. Butt has shown his coaching abilities over the last nine years at Old Trafford and could help transform Preston’s on field situation.

Some have suggested on Twitter that he has already been offered the job, or are predicting that Butt will end up at Deepdale to start his senior managerial career…

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