McGuinness was given the title of manager of Manchester in August 1970, but the change did not help the team. It was impossible for the youthful McGuinness to match Busby's eminence. Some of the players viewed McGuinness as an equal, if that, and he struggled to Command respect. United's league form sank back into mediocrity from the start of the 1970/71 season and McGuinness was relieved of his job in December. He had done his best in difficult circumstances and his demotion back to reserve team coach wasacruel blow for a man who had always strived to do his best for the club in any capacity. It was too much for McGuinness. a loyal servant and supporter of United, to endure and he quit the club in February 1971. He said,'For 18 years I have been devoted to United. Now I must find a future away from Old Trafford' That future took him first to Greece, with coaching spells at Aris Salonika and Panaraiki Patras, before he came back to England to manage York City. He also held staff jobs at Hull and Bury. Busby resumed full control of the team and results picked up enough to guarantee another safe mid-table finish, but there was little sign of progress on the field. United looked a world away from challenging for major honours.
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