Bafana Bafana legend Quinton Fortune has been appointed as first-team coach of English Championship side Reading.
The former South Africa international has been coach of Manchester United’s U-23 side, with Former United player Neil Wood.
Fortune will take up a senior coaching role at Reading where former Portugal international Nuno Gomes will be his assistant. Reading made the announcement on their website.
” We are pleased to confirm that Quinton Fortune and 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 for the first time this morning”
The ex-Manchester United player will join former Atletico Madrid teammate Veljko Paunovic who was appointed as club manager recently.
Manchester United wrote a farewell message to Fortune who played 126 times for the club.
“Everyone at the Academy wishes Quinton the best of luck in his new role,” Man United head of academy football, Nick Cox said.
“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.”
In 1999, the Cape Town-born star joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid where he spent the rest of his career under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Though being in three Premier League winning squads for United, Fortune has only one English Premier League winners medal because he did not play the required amount of games needed to get the medal for the other two campaigns.
Fortune played 46 international matches for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, and also represented his country at two FIFA World Cups.
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