Man United tell Phil Neville and Chris Woods they have no future under Louis van Gaal
Phil Neville and Chris Woods are the first victims of the impending Louis van Gaal shake-up having been told by Manchester United they have no future at the club, according to reports.
Neville and Woods joined United as part of David Moyes's backroom staff at the start of last season, but were told on the final day of the season at Southampton that their services were no longer required.
It is understood that vice-chairman Ed Woodward delivered the news on the same afternoon that Rio Ferdinand was informed he would not be offered a new deal.
Ferdinand's departure brings to an end a 12-year stay at Old Trafford after making 454 appearances and scoring eight goals.
Dutchman Van Gaal is expected to be appointed as United manager later this week and is likely to clarify Ryan Giggs's future at the club.Giggs took over the United helm on an interim basis for the final four matches of the season following the sacking of David Moyes and is expected to stay at Old Trafford.
It is, however, unclear whether he will prolong his playing career or if he will hang up his boots and just be part of Van Gaal's backroom staff.
Nicky Butt, who assisted Giggs in his interim role at the backend of the season, will return to his old role with the under-18s.
Paul Scholes, another member of the 'Class of 92', who had been assisting Butt on an ad hoc basis, is also expected to continue his casual coaching role at the club.
Ferdinand's departure, meanwhile, ignores the advice of Giggs, who insisted earlier this month the defender could still make a useful contribution and should be offered a new deal.
"I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies," Ferdinand said. "Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be during my time here."
Ferdinand won six league titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and a Club World Cup in his time at United. During that spell, he forged a superb defensive partnership with Nemanja Vidic, who will also leave this summer to join Inter Milan.
"Circumstances didn't allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked," he added in the statement. "But I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I'll never forget. Winning trophies I dreamed about as a kid came true at this great club."