After a summer of unprecedented upheaval at Old Trafford in which Manchester United have lost their chief executive, manager, assistant manager, first team coach, goalkeeping coach and chief European scout, Sportsmail reveals all those heading out of the Old Trafford door... and the men that new boss David Moyes is bringing in to replace them.
Out - Sir Alex Ferguson
After twenty-six and a half years ruling the roost at Old Trafford, Sir Alex announced his retirement in May, after Manchester United had sealed their thirteenth Premier League title under his leadership. The Red Devils enjoyed the most successful period in their illustrious history while Ferguson was in charge, notching up an extraordinary thirty-eight trophies, including two Champions League triumphs, in 1999 and 2008.
End of an era: Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the Manchester United hotseat
In - David Moyes
After spending eleven years rebuilding Everton and establishing the Merseyside club as a side regularly competing for Europa League qualification on a limited budget, the Scottish manager has been handed the opportunity of continuing Ferguson’s success. Although Moyes was unable to win any trophies during his spell at Everton, he has won widespread acclaim for the stability he brought to the club. He was appointed as Manchester United’s new manager on the direct recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Desk job: David Moyes gets settled in at Manchester United (complete with mouse mat) on his first day in the job
Out - David Gill
Gill, 55, declared his intention to step down from his position as Chief Executive in February, after spending ten years in the hot seat. Gill built a strong alliance with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and was instrumental in bringing the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to the club. However, his unflinching support of the much-maligned Glazer family saw his relationship occasionally turn sour with the fans. He is now the FA’s vice-chairman and has a seat on the UEFA executive committee.
In - Ed Woodward
A promotion from within, Woodward is widely recognised as the Glazer family’s most-trusted lieutenant. He was involved in the American’s controversial takeover and he has been the man at the forefront of the club’s aggressive commercial strategy in recent years. United’s annual commercial revenue has more than doubled since Woodward’s changes were implemented, with over £117million being brought in last year. There is no questioning his success in the financial arena – what Woodward must now prove is his ability to replicate Gill’s success on the football side of the game. After all, the dollars will only keep flowing so long as the trophies do.
Ed Woodwardhas replaced David Gill as Manchester United's chief executive
Out - Mike Phelan
A Manchester United player during Ferguson’s first Premier League title success, Phelan rejoined his old club as a coach at United’s centre of excellence in 1999. He became first team coach in 2001, before being appointed as Sir Alex’s assistant in 2008 following the departure of Carlos Queiroz. Phelan acted as Ferguson’s Match of the Day mouthpiece for several years while the manager was embroiled in a bitter dispute with the BBC. Phelan’s departure was announced shortly after Ferguson’s own retirement.
In - Steve Round
Round, 42, boasts significant coaching experience having been involved with the England backroom staff during Steve McClaren’s ill-fated reign after also working with McClaren for five years at Middlesbrough. He has since served as a coach under Sam Allardyce at Newcastle, before joining Everton as David Moyes’ assistant manager in 2008, where he has remained until now. Sportsmail understands that Round, like Moyes, has been offered a six-year contract with Manchester United.
Reunited: Steve Round (centre) and coach Chris Woods (third right) have joined Moyes at United
Out - Eric Steele
Steele joined the club in 2008 and was held in high regard by Edwin Van Der Sar, who enjoyed some of the best form of his career in the three years he spent working with the former Manchester City coach. The influence of Steele is also highlighted when it comes to the remarkable development of David De Gea, who endured a difficult first season with United but has improved immeasurably in the last year and was named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of the last season. Insiders were surprised to learn of Steele’s departure, who went ‘above and beyond’ to help De Gea come to terms with the demands of English football, even going so far as to learn Spanish. It remains to be seen as to whether Chris Woods can take off from where Steele left off.
In - Chris Woods
Woods certainly has the pedigree to step into Steele’s shoes. Woods, who played 43 times for England between 1985-93, has been Everton’s goalkeeping coach for fifteen years, developing notably strong relationships with Nigel Martyn and Tim Howard, who both enjoyed some of their best form when working with Woods. The former Norwich and Rangers goalkeeper has also been the goalkeepeing coach for the USA national team since 2011, and it is expected that Woods will continue with this role alongside his new position at United. It is vital that he maintains and builds upon De Gea’s growing confidence and progression.
First Team Coach
Out - Rene Meulensteen
Many at Old Trafford were surprised by the news that Moyes would not be retaining the services of Meulensteen. The Dutchman has spent twelve years working with United and has been instrumental at all levels of the club, developing strategies for the academy in his early years before becoming first-team coach five years ago. He has a burgeoning reputation among coaching circles and he was immensely popular among the club’s players. Robin van Persie described him as ‘exceptional’ and ‘one of the best coaches in the world’ last year. He has now linked up with Guus Hiddink at Anzhi in Russia.
Change of scenery: Rene Meulensteen has joined Guus Hiddink at Anzhi in Russia
In - Jimmy Lumsden
The 65-year-old Glaswegian Lumsden has been by David Moyes’ side since the new Manchester United boss launched his managerial career at Preston in 1998. Lumsden, who followed Moyes to Everton as his Head Coach, is under consideration to fill the same role at Manchester United. Whether Lumsden represents an upgrade on widely-acclaimed Meulensteen is open to debate but there is no question that Moyes requires a nucleus of his own people around who he can fully trust as he takes on the mammoth challenge of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chief European Scout
Out - Martin Ferguson
The long-serving brother of Sir Alex had already outlined his intention to retire at the end of last season before the manager also decided to bring the curtain down on his own career. Ferguson, 70, had been responsible for much of United’s scouting in Europe and is believed to have watched Barcelona’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara several times in the last year, with David Moyes reportedly attempting to bring the Spaniard to Old Trafford this summer.
In - Robbie Cooke
Cooke joined Moyes at Everton in 2002 after working alongside the Scot at Preston North End and has been in charge of a scouting network that has identified gems with the potential to improve such as Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas.