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Dr Steve Mcnally to leave Man utd after 16 years

Man United doctor Steve McNally will leave the club to start a fresh role at PGMOL with Dr Jim Moxon set to take over on an interim basis having left rivals Liverpool in August.

Club doctor Steve McNally is to leave the club after 16 years, the club have announced.

McNally will step down at the end of January to start a new role as performance support director at PGMOL, the body responsible for match officials in English football.

He joined United in 2006 and worked with Sir Alex Ferguson for seven seasons, during which the club won the Champions League, the Club World Cup and five Premier League titles.

McNally will be replaced on an interim basis by Dr Jim Moxon while the club searches for a permanent successor. Moxon, who worked most recently as club doctor for Liverpool, will start working with McNally from this week.

United’s football director John Murtough said: ‘Steve’s contribution over the past 16 years has been immense and I’d like to thank him, on behalf of everyone at Manchester United, for everything he has done on and off the pitch for our players, colleagues and the wider club.

‘Steve was recently presented with the Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine & Performance at the North-West Football Awards, which shows how highly he is regarded across the football community.’

McNally said: ‘Leaving Manchester United after 16 years was a very difficult decision but I feel the time is right to step away from frontline provision at club level and utilise my experience in a new strategic role that will allow me to contribute to another vital aspect of the game.

Alongside the directors, managers, players, coaches and colleagues from all departments past and present, I am proud to have been a small part of Manchester United’s recent history and thank them all wholeheartedly for their friendship, camaraderie and support.

‘I will miss the United family but until I take up my new post, I remain fully focused on helping all our teams build on the first half of this season, in particular Erik and his staff in preparation for the resumption after the World Cup.’

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville took to Twitter on Thursday and posted: ‘Love Doc McNally. He’s given great service to the club and a vital member of the first team for all those years.’