Another senior member of Manchester United staff has left the club, with former chief of staff Patrick Coyle taking a role with the PFA.
Coyle becomes the latest senior member of Old Trafford staff to leave the club, with sweeping changes ahead of the arrival of Erik ten Hag as the club’s new manager this summer. He joins executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge, head of corporate finance Hemen Tseayo, head scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout on departing United.
Communications director Charlie Brooks has also stepped down, while the future of the current coaching staff looks uncertain ahead of Ten Hag’s arrival. Chris Armas, Mike Phelan, analyst Ewan Sharp and psychologist Sascha Lense could be moved on, with Ten Hag set to bring his own coaching staff with him to Old Trafford.
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Coyle becomes the PFA’s new Chief Operating Officer, with a statement from the union saying he will be “responsible for providing internal leadership to key PFA departments and driving operational efficiencies, effective business change and strategic planning activities”. He joins the PFA after almost a decade with United, having held operational, commercial and financial roles at the club.
On Coyle’s appointment, PFA Managing Director Maheta Molango said: “I am delighted to welcome Patrick to the team. This is a key appointment for the PFA and will help ensure that across the organization our staff can work strategically and effectively to provide the best possible support and service to those we serve – our members.
“Patrick brings with him a wealth of industry experience from his time at Manchester United which I think will be of huge benefit to the organisation.”
Coyle added: “It is a great time to join the PFA, an organization which has a major role in representing those who play the game at a time of significant change for the sport. Maheta and the team have a clear strategic vision for the future of the PFA and I look forward to working with the union’s talented and dedicated staff to bring this to life.
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