Premier League Champions Manchester United are currently going through a massive transitional phase as long serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down from his post after nearly 27 years in charge of the Old Trafford outfit.
Incoming boss David Moyes will undoubtedly have his own ideas and styles to implement once he takes over on the 1st of July 2013, but Moyes has already started to mould the club in a style that suits him with the changes in the coaching staff as long serving coaches Mike Phelan, assistant manager to Sir Alex and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele have been relieved of their duties at Manchester United.
The changes in the backroom staff may seem insignificant to most as many managers like to bring coaches they trust and have already worked with but the effect these changes may have on some of the United players such David De Gea who has a close relationship with goal keeping coach Eric Steele.
Moyes’ probable replacement for the assistant manager post is likely to be either Jimmy Lumsden or Steve Round from Goodison Park.
Steele, who has helped mould the likes of Joe Hart, Mitchell Langerak and David Watson, has been at Old Trafford since replacing the retiring Tony Coton in 2008. Moyes is ready to replace him with former England goalkeeper Chris Woods.
Woods himself is no slouch when it comes to training goal keepers, he performed wonders into turning former United man, Tim Howard, into one of the Premier League’s most consistent stoppers after his troublesome start to English football.
United fans will be upset with Steele’s departure as the close relationship between Steele and David De Gea is credited to be one of the main factors behind the Spaniard’s improvement this season. After a difficult first year at the Theatre Of Dreams the 22-year-old has improved drastically this term; earning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
Steele went to extraordinary measures to improve De Gea’s game in the Premier League; learning Spanish so that he is easier to understand and bringing in a training regime to strengthen the lightweight Madridista to better equip him for English football’s physical aspects. And United have clearly reaped the benefits.
The departure of Steele would come as a blow for De Gea because of his unwavering support for the young shot stopper; and even went as far as comparing him to legendary custodians Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon.
De Gea will leave United to take part in the Under-21 Championships in Israel and on his return start work with a new goal keeping coach at Manchester United. United fans would certainly hope that De Gea’s rapid progress is not halted by the change in coaches at Old Trafford as a new era dawn on the Theatre of Dreams.
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