Manchester United have today confirmed the departure of René Meulensteen as first-team coach.
Meulensteen had been rumoured to be leaving the club after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management at the end of last season, with David Moyes planning to bring in his own backroom staff.
René, went for the managerial interview two-weeks ago with Wigan Athletic but Owen Coyle was the leading candidate for the managerial job.
Speaking with manutd.com, Rene Meulensteen said:
“I would like to thank Sir Alex Ferguson, the owners, all colleagues, players and fans who made my time at Manchester United very special and one I will never forget. I wish everyone at this great football club all the best.”
Manchester United Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said:
“I’d like to thank Rene for his contribution to the club, particularly since he returned to Old Trafford in 2007.
“He has been first-team coach for five years and in that time has given great assistance to Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Phelan in keeping the team at the top of the game not only in this country but in Europe as well.
“On behalf of everyone at United, I wish him well for the future.”