A full profile of Andy O’Boyle, Man Utd’s first deputy football director

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Andy O'Boyle working as Liverpool Head of fitness elite development. London, 1st February 2012.

Manchester United are looking to bounce back from a disastrous season and have continued their rebuild by appointing Andy O’Boyle as deputy football director. 

United have undergone a significant restructure behind the scenes in recent months as the likes of Ed Woodward and Matt Judge have both left the club.

O’Boyle will be hoping to fix some of the problems at Old Trafford and we’ve brought you the lowdown on the 39-year-old.

Who is he?

O’Boyle, who was born in Northern Ireland, is a lifelong fan of the Red Devils and played in a Manchester United Centre of Excellence in his native country but later switched focus to coaching and sports science.

After completing his A-Levels, he went to Liverpool University and won a football scholarship to Rhode Island in the United States but left after a year. 

His first football job was at Wrexham and he started off working with the Welsh club’s youth teams before becoming a fitness coach for the first team.

O’Boyle also worked for a brief period as a coach at Manchester United’s academy, where he helped develop young players like Marcus Rashford. 

Despite being offered a permanent position at United, he chose to become Head of Sports Science at Coventry City in June 2008. 

O’Boyle joined United’s arch-rivals Liverpool in 2011 and spent four years working as the club’s Head of Fitness Elite Development. Following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in October 2015, he became a first-team fitness coach.

During his time at Liverpool, he impressed the FA and enjoyed a 14-month spell as England Under-21s Physical Performance Coach. 

But O’Boyle left Anfield in April 2017 to become the Head of Elite Performance at the Premier League. The job involved advising clubs on player identification and recruitment, loan management, performance analysis, psychology and sports science and medicine.

He also played a key role in the Premier League’s Covid-19 response, liaising with the government and clubs on protocols to ensure the safe continuation of football n 2020.

The 39-year-old has now returned to Old Trafford and will work across various departments to support director of football John Murtough.

He’ll help drive the club’s football strategy across the first team, academy and women’s team and his appointment will lessen the burden on Murtough, who will now be able to concentrate on first-team recruitment. 

O’Boyle – who has a Masters in sports science and is even working towards his doctorate – is also due to complete his UEFA Pro Licence this summer.

What he’s said

“I am thrilled to be rejoining Manchester United at such an exciting time for the club, as the first team prepares for a fresh start under Erik ten Hag, and the academy and women’s teams go from strength to strength,” he told United’s official website.

“Whilst it has been a privilege to serve the Premier League for the past five years, I can’t wait to get started at United and play my part in creating the right environment for football success.”

– “I grew up near Ballymena, one of five children,” he told the Coventry Telegraph in 2009. “I have a brother who is a vet in America, one who is training to be a policeman in Canada, a sister who is a dentist and another brother who lives at home on my parents’ farm.

“I go back home for a few days in the summer and help out on the farm and switch off from football.

“We have sheep, goats, turkeys and cows and when I wasn’t playing football or Gaelic football as a kid, I was helping on the farm after school.”

What they’ve said

“We are delighted to welcome Andy back to Manchester United to take up this important role in the club’s leadership,” Murtough told United’s official website.

“Andy has experience across all technical areas of football, from fitness and sports science to scouting and recruitment.

“This will make him a valuable addition to my team at Carrington as we continue to strengthen leadership and strategic planning across all our football activities.”


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