Rene Meulensteen has been linked with the assistant manager role at Anzhi Makhachkala having left Old Trafford earlier this week, but James Ducker of The Times has revealed that Meulensteen could have stayed at Old Trafford but opted not to.
Meulensteen ended a 12 year association with the club on Wednesday, when the club confirmed that he would be leaving. With Sir Alex Ferguson calling time on his 26 year spell at the club, Meulensteen follows his old boss as well as Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele out of the door.
But speaking on MUTV, Ducker claims that Meulensteen opted to leave of his own accord rather than being forced out after rejecting David Moyes’ offer to become assistant manager.
Some sources had claimed that Moyes had attempted to demote Meulensteen and that there could have been clashes between the two given their hands on style when it comes to coaching the players, thus Moyes was open to the idea of letting him leave but Ducker’s reports are to the contrary.
Highly regarded across Europe due to his extensive knowledge and practise of the Coerver system, Meulensteen will indeed be missed.