Manchester United confirm Phelan and Steele departures

The two staff members have been praised for their contributions to the club following their release from their roles as Old Trafford prepares for a new life under David Moyes
Manchester United have confirmed the departures of assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

As revealed by Goal on Friday morning, the two staff members – who had held their positions since 2008 – are being released by the club in preparation for David Moyes's official arrival as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor on July 1.

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Speaking to the club's official website, the new United manager praised their commitment to the club and confirmed their exit as he now looks to put his own backroom staff in place for the new season.

"I would like to put on record the club's thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done," said Moyes.

"I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future. However, I'd like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers."

The Red Devils' executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, also supported the gestures by praising their "enormous contributions" and wishing them success in their next position.

"I'd like to thank Eric and Mick for the enormous contributions they have made to the success of Manchester United in their time here," he remarked.

"Their professionalism, ability and diligence have been a credit to them. They are top-class football men and everyone here wishes them well for long and successful careers in the game."