South African Quinton Fortune has left Manchester United for Reading FC where is going to be part of Veljko Paunovic’s backroom team.
A statement from United noted: “Manchester United can confirm that assistant Under-23s coach Quinton Fortune has left the club to take up the position of the first-team coach at Reading.”
Fortune started his football career at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Spain, first with Real Mallorca and then Atletico Madrid. He caught United’s eye at the latter when Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford.
He was to retire from active football in 2010 while representing Doncaster Rovers but had a stint with Bolton and spells in Belgium and Italy before.
Fortune joined United as a player in 1999 and went on to make 126 appearances for the Reds over the following seven years, before leaving to join Bolton Wanderers.
The Premier League winner returned to the club in 2012 to start working towards his coaching badges and began his role as an assistant coach for United’s Under-23s in July 2019.
Fortune is expected to take with him some young players from United with the club keen to give some of its youngsters more game time albeit on loan deals.