Manchester United make approach for Southampton’s Jason Wilcox


Manchester United make approach for Southampton’s Jason Wilcox

As part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s summer hiring spree, Manchester United has formally approached Southampton for Jason Wilcox. Wilcox, who joined Southampton as director of football last year, is desired by United to take on a significant role as technical director in the department’s makeover.

Although Southampton, who are fighting for a spot in the Premier League right now, is demanding a larger compensation package and is dissatisfied with United’s approach timing, United is sure that it will be able to acquire Wilcox.
Given that Ratcliffe saw the former Blackburn winger as a key component in his remaking of the team, United is said to have offered around a year’s worth of pay.

Wilcox would collaborate with Dan Ashworth, the new director of football, who was placed on gardening leave by Newcastle in February, if United can reach an agreement. Newcastle is seeking almost £20 million in settlement for Ashworth.
Three-time England cap winner Wilcox began working with Manchester City as an academy coach in 2012 and was named academy director five years later. At City, he is recognized for having supervised the growth of Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis, and Phil Foden.

Following his move to Southampton, Wilcox has played a significant role in the recruitment of several gifted young players from the City. Shea Charles and Taylor-Harwood Bellis were signed by Saints last summer; Roméo Lavia, Gavin Bazunu, Samuel Edozie, and Juan Larios were formerly Saints players who came from City.

After more than ten years at the club, Wilcox went to assist in rebuilding Saints. However, he may reunite with Omar Berrada, United’s incoming chief executive officer, who left a similar position at City in January. After finalizing the purchase of a minority 27.7% ownership in the Old Trafford club in February, Ratcliffe went about appointing numerous “world-class” players.

The wealthy British is willing to give Erik ten Tag the majority of the season at least, and he recently ruled out the prospect of bringing in superstar players. United is sixth in the Premier League and will be visiting Chelsea on Thursday.