Manchester United are set to appoint England U17s head coach Justin Cochrane as the academy’s head of player development and coaching.
Cochrane will work alongside U23s manager Neil Wood and U18s boss Neil Ryan and will be tasked with maintaining a consistent style of coaching throughout United’s youth ranks at the professional development phase.
The 39-year-old had been linked with the England U21 vacancy following Aidy Boothroyd’s exit, but will instead return to coaching in club football having risen to prominence with Tottenham Hotspur.
Cochrane worked as assistant head of player and coach development for Tottenham between July 2009 to March 2018 before joining the Football Association where he worked at U15, 16 and U17s level.
His appointment will be the latest development in the continued restructuring of the club which saw John Murtough and Darren Fletcher promoted to new roles as football director and technical director respectively in March, while head of first-team development Nicky Butt left the club.
Cochrane’s exit from the England set-up will leave four of the seven head coaching jobs at youth level vacant within the FA.