Ex-United coach in frame for Town job

Meulensteen - in the frame at Fleetwood
Meulensteen - in the frame at Fleetwood

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has emerged as a front-runner for the Fleetwood Town manager’s job.

Meulensteen, one-time right-hand man to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, is a leading contender for the role vacated by Steven Pressley on the eve of the new season.

The Dutchman is just one of a number of high-profile names linked with the job, but he became the clear bookmakers’ favourite overnight.

During his spell with Manchester United he was associated with the Old Trafford success story as they took a clutch of Premier League titles.

He was coach when United won the Champions League in the 2007-8 season,

Meulensteen has worked abroad and also had a spell in charge at Fulham when they were in the Premier League, eventually being replaced by German Felix Magath.

He has been keen to get into management again and would be highly recommended by Ferguson, who opened Town’s state-of-the-art Poolfoot Farm training complex at Thornton earlier in the year.

Fleetwood say they intend to go in a new direction, which would tend to rule out people like Iain Dowie and Nigel Adkins.