• Fortune appointed first-team coach at Reading

    Former Bafana Bafana and Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune has been appointed as the first-team coach at Reading Football Club.

    Fortune now moves to The Royals from Manchester United where he was an assistant coach to their U23 side.

    The Cape Town-born coach has now reunited with former Atletico Madrid teammate Veljko Paunovic, who was recently appointed as the new manager of Reading.

    Reading released the following statement on Fortune’s appointment:

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

    ‘And it is from Manchester United that Fortune arrives in RG2 – having played 126 times under Sir Alex Ferguson, he completed his Uefa A Licence and last season assisted Neil Wood as a coach with United’s Under-23s.’

    United, meanwhile, released a statement of their own, which reads:

    ‘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.’

    ‘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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