Ed Woodward leads search for new Manchester United academy director

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Ed Woodward is leading the search for a new academy director capable of bringing the glory days back to the Manchester United youth system, reports The Telegraph.

Brian McClair is set to leave his role at Carrington to take up the position of performance director with the Scottish FA, bringing an end to a 28-year association with the Red Devils. Before taking up a spot in the academy, McClair scored 127 goals in 471 appearances for the club during an 11-year career.

“Brian's association with Manchester United started in 1987 and, regardless of where he is located, he will always be part of the family,” Woodward said in the same report.

“As a proud Scotsman, this is a wonderful opportunity for him and he goes with our blessing and our good wishes for the future.

"In his time as Academy manager, he has maintained and enhanced its reputation around the world and made a valuable contribution to the club's success."

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Now Woodward is looking for someone who can command the position as academy director for the next 20 years and will be under pressure to restore what was once one of the most productive youth systems in the world.

Most famously, the 'Class of 92' came through the Manchester United academy and all went on to have a successful career under Sir Alex Ferguson. The generation of players included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham.

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