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Manchester United finally look like heeding Gary Neville’s advice following the announcement that the club have appointed Andy O’Boyle as their Deputy Football Director. The Northern Irishman, who previously worked as Jurgen Klopp’s fitness coach at Liverpool, has left his role because the Head of Elite Performance on the Premier League to develop into the most recent change in a much-needed restructure at United – one Neville called for 3 years ago.

O’Boyle arrives as support for current Football Director John Murtough in a move which United claim will “further strengthen the leadership across the club’s football department”. The previous Liverpool aide returns to United 16 years after he left the club’s academy, where he worked alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford.

The appointment is United’s latest move in a seismic restructure which has taken place over the past few months, made within the hope that the 20-time English champions can rediscover a successful operating formula each on and off the pitch. For ex-United defender Neville, the move has been a protracted time within the making.

Back in May 2019, under the stewardship of former executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United were reportedly considering the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra for the role of Sporting Director because the club as they sought to repair their failing recruitment strategy. It’s fair to say Neville was unimpressed by the road United’s board were taking.

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Since then, United have appointed each Murtough and Fletcher of their respective roles, however the addition of O’Boyle could well provide one other piece of the puzzle because the Red Devils proceed to go looking for the trail back towards success. While O’Boyle does the truth is have previous United ties, Neville appears to have been granted his wish as Murtough’s latest deputy is an outsider coming in.

His experience with each Liverpool under Klopp – the club United must be seeking to as a blueprint for future success – and on the Premier League are also more likely to stand him in good stead. After years of struggles following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013, United finally look like taking a proactive approach to rediscovering a recipe for achievement.

As called for by Neville three years ago, change was very much needed. Now, under Woodward’s successor Richard Arnold, it appears the club are finally heeding their former full-back’s advice and are taking steps in the fitting direction.

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