English Premiership

Fortune refutes Buckley's claim of Man United academy deal

2020-04-16 11:21
Quinton Fortune (Gallo Images)

Quinton Fortune has refuted recent news reports that he and Delron Buckley have teamed up with Manchester United.

Fortune is currently assistant manager of United's under 23 team, having played for the Premier League team from 1999 to 2006.

He also has his own Quinton Fortune Academy based in the United Kingdom.

Buckley, meanwhile, who spent much of his career in Germany, has a football academy, the Delron Buckley Soccer School in Durban, South Africa.

In an interview with KickOff, Buckley said: "So we've joined the Manchester United Class of '92, which is Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt for two years and we've been sponsored with an amount of R5 million.

"We've been given funding from another company to take kids from South Africa to Manchester United, obviously for trials, training, and the whole package basically."

Fortune though has been quick to respond, with his representative Sarah Collins telling ESPN: "There are no partnerships between QFA with any academies in South Africa currently.

"We hope to one day fulfill the dream of Quinton Fortune to have a football academy in his home country, but work to do that has not yet been started and we are not in partnership with anyone to do so."

- TEAMtalk media


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