Quinton Fortune leaves Manchester United to take up Reading job


Former Bafana Bafana star Quinton Fortune has left his post at Manchester United to take up a new role as Reading's first-team coach. 

The announcement was confirmed by Reading on Thursday afternoon and sees Fortune reunite with former Atletico Madrid teammate Veljko Paunovic, who was appointed as the club's new manager at the end of last month.

"Reading Football Club are pleased to confirm that Quinton Fortune and [former Portugal international] Nuno Gomes have both put pen to paper to sign coaching contracts with the Royals," the statement said.

"The duo arrive as part of our new manager’s first-team staff and joined Veljko Paunovic on the training pitch at Bearwood Park for the first time this morning."

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Manchester United were also quick to pay tribute to the former midfielder and thanked him for the role he played in the U23 side's recent success.

"Manchester United can confirm that assistant Under-23s coach Quinton Fortune has left the club to take up the position of first-team coach at Reading," the Red Devils shared via a statement on their official website.

"Everyone at the Academy wishes Quinton the best of luck in his new role. All of our coaches, as well as the players, receive a huge amount of development and this is another example of the type of progress that an individual can make within the Academy system.

"The Under-23s' promotion was a great achievement for Neil Wood and his staff so we’d like to thank Quinton for his role in that."

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