Rene Meulensteen looks ready to move into a managerial position with a new club, as David Moyes‘ new plans at Manchester United include Meulensteen being dropped down the ranks as a coach.
Meulensteen has been at the club since 2001 and after coaching both youth and reserve teams, he eventually became Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team coach during a very successful period. However, after such a rise in his coaching career over the past decade, a lower stature of job under Moyes’ leadership is reported be far less of an attraction for Meulensteen with the potential of becoming a manager instead.
Rumors are suggesting that Dave Whelan has Meulensteen on his short-list at Wigan Athletic, with a link to Brighton also being suggested depending on how the managerial switches pan out this summer.
Meulensteen, who has a UEFA “A” coaching licence, has seen his profile rise in the past few years, following success at United and has been seen as one of the key members of Ferguson’s set-up in recent times. He has been an integral part of a large number of things at United and been involved in the development of recent United home-grown players reaching the first team squad.
It makes sense to see him consider the opportunity to become a manager away from United, with his coaching ability believed to be impressive.
For United it isn’t too much of a surprise that Moyes is replacing the familiar faces in United’s coaching staff with his own, as he will understandably be looking to making
his own mark. But it is likely to cause slight apprehension for United fans, with them hoping for a minimal transition between Ferguson’s great reign and Moyes’ new beginning.