Lee appointed Lead Academy Goalkeeper Coach at Manchester United
Written by Simon Austin — October 20, 2022
MANCHESTER UNITED have appointed Sheffield United’s Tommy Lee as their new Lead Academy Goalkeeper Coach.
The 36-year-old replaces Alan Fettis, the long-serving Head of Academy Goalkeeping who moved from United to work with Middlesbrough's first team during the summer.
The move to Manchester United marks a return for Lee, who was youth and reserve-team keeper for the club from the ages of 15 to 18. He didn't break through into the senior squad and went on to play for Macclesfield and Chesterfield, where he was a fans’ favourite and was awarded a testimonial.
After retiring from playing, Lee became Head of Academy Goalkeeping for Sheffield Wednesday for two years. He then moved across the Steel City to Sheffield United in the summer of 2020 to perform the same role.
Manchester United have undergone big changes at Academy level since the end of last season:
- There is a 'flexible' coaching structure in the Professional Development Phase (18s to 21s). Mark Dempsey is the U21s Lead, with Paul McShane as his assistant. However, Travis Binnion, the Head of Player Development and Coaching for the whole Academy, has been leading the 21s in the Papa John's Trophy and leading the 18s.
- Tom Huddlestone has come in as a coach and over-aged player with the U21s.
- David Hughes has come in from Cardiff, where he was Academy Manager, as a PDP Coach.
- Adam Lawrence has been appointed Head of Player Development and Coaching for the U14s to U16s.
- Martin Drury has been appointed U15s Lead after six years at Bradford City, where he was Head of Coaching.