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Manchester United working on deal to appoint former Manchester City director into ‘senior post’

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A new report this week has revealed that Manchester United are working on the appointment of former Manchester City director Jason Wilcox to a senior role.

Wilcox first joined Manchester City as part of the club’s coaching staff back in 2012, taking on a role as an academy coach within the organisation, before stepping up to the position of under-18’s head coach just one year later.

During his time in the position, Wilcox oversaw a national championship title and two FA Youth Cup finals, before being appointed to the role of academy director at Manchester City in 2017 following a period of time in the position on an interim basis.

Now, following more senior steps elsewhere in the top-level game, it appears as though Wilcox could be set for a return to Manchester in a more senior rank, but this time over at Old Trafford as part of an ongoing rebuild.

According to the information of The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Manchester United are currently working on a deal to appoint Southampton’s director of football Jason Wilcox as a ‘key figure’ in the club’s new ‘sporting hierarchy’.

While the report states that Manchester United are yet to approach Southampton, the former Manchester City man is aware of interest from Old Trafford.

Jason Wilcox only resigned as Manchester City’s academy director in January 2023 ahead of a move to Southampton, and while the Premier League champions made an offer for him to stay, the 52-year-old opted to end his nine-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City saw a number of high-profile rising stars develop within their academy system during Jason Wilcox’s time as academy director, most significantly Phil Foden and the playmaker’s rise to a consistent first-team position.

The likes of Jadon Sancho also worked closely under Wilcox during the England international’s time with the club, before his eventual departure for Borussia Dortmund, whilst Oscar Bobb, Rico Lewis, and Cole Palmer were all overseen during Wilcox’s role as director.

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