Quinton Fortune leaves role as Manchester United to join Reading

Quinton Fortune leaves role as Manchester United Under-23s assistant coach to join Reading’s first team coaching staff

  •  Manchester United Under-23s coach Quinton Fortune has left the club
  • The South African will team up with new Reading manager Veljko Paunović
  • Fortune joined United as a player in 1999 and enjoyed a seven-year spell
  • He returned to the club to work towards attaining his coaching badges in 2012 

Manchester United have confirmed assistant Under-23s coach Quinton Fortune has left the club to become first team coach at Reading.

The 43-year-old will join new Royals manager Veljko Paunović at the Madejski Stadium ahead of the 2020-21 Championship season.

The news comes after previous Reading Under-23s coach Scott Marshall left the club, followed by the departure of first team boss Mark Bowen.

Manchester United Under-23s assistant coach Quinton Fortune has left to join Reading

Fortune joined United as a player in 1999, making 126 appearances for the Red Devils over the following seven years, before leaving to join Bolton Wanderers.

The South African returned to the club in 2012 to start working towards his coaching badges and began his role as assistant coach for United’s Under-23s in July 2019.

United’s Under-23s won promotion to Premier League 2 Division One in 2019-20. Neil Wood’s side stood second behind West Ham United when the season was curtailed and final positions were decided by a points-per-game algorithm.

Mark Bowen left Reading earlier this month and was replaced by Veljko Paunović

Nick Cox, Head of Academy, told the club’s official website: ‘Everyone at the Academy wishes Quinton the best of luck in his new role. All of our coaches, as well as the players, receive a huge amount of development and this is another example of the type of progress that an individual can make within the Academy system. 

‘The Under-23s’ promotion was a great achievement for Neil Wood and his staff so we’d like to thank Quinton for his role in that.

‘We are fortunate to have a pool of excellent coaches in the professional development phase who are ready to take on increased responsibilities. 

‘They will work together to support the squad as we look to continue to build on the eight first-team debuts that were made last season.’




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