Manchester United set to lose highly-rated academy boss Justin Cochrane with Brentford poised to beat a number of Premier League clubs in offering the former England youth coach a first-team position
- Manchester United are set to lose highly-rated youth boss Justin Cochrane
- Premier League clubs are circling for the former England youth coach
- Top-flight sides hope the lure of a first team role can help secure his signature
- Cochrane joined United last summer and helped them win the FA Youth Cup
Manchester United are set to lose sought-after academy chief Justin Cochrane to Brentford.
Sportsmail revealed how a number of top-flight clubs have attempted to prise Cochrane away from United’s youth setup, hoping the lure of a first-team position will boost their chances.
And Thomas Frank is poised to win the race to bolster his backroom team by adding Cochrane to it as a first-team coach.
Premier League clubs are interested in offering a coaching role Manchester United’s youth chief Justin Cochrane
Cochrane was part of the coaching set up as Man United’s U18s won the FA Youth Cup final
The 40-year-old was part of the coaching setup as United won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2011 and been praised for the positive impact he has had on both the club’s players and existing coaches.
With that added to his previous work, Cochrane is now in the sights of a number of United’s Premier League rivals.
Clubs are increasingly looking to coaches with development backgrounds and proven track records in improving players and Cochrane is one such figure who fits the bill.
Cochrane (R) made his name as a coach at the FA, working with England’s youth sides
Before that he had been given a chance to learn the ropes under Scott Parker with Tottenham’s Under 19s side
London-born Antigua and Barbuda international Cochrane had a 13-year playing career which began at QPR and included spells at Crewe and Rotherham.
He held a series of youth team coaching roles at Spurs from their Under 12s up to the Under 23s, helping develop the likes of current youngsters Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Dane Scarlett but also many others who have flourished after leaving Spurs including PSV’s Noni Madueke and Sporting Lisbon’s Marcus Edwards.
Cochrane then joined the FA from Spurs, coaching their Under 15s through to Under 17s and was interviewed for the Under 21s job and offered first-team managerial roles before being persuaded to return to club football full-time by United.
Cochrane’s departure could be one of many at Old Trafford following the arrival of Erik ten Hag
Were Cochrane to be tempted away, his exit would be the latest in a string of departures behind the scenes at United, with a number of coaching changes made at both first team, connected to the arrival of manager Erik ten Hag, and also youth team level.
From the academy, Neil Wood left his role as Under 23s lead coach to become first team manager at League Two Salford City.
Neil Ryan, who was U23s assistant, also departed to become a national coach with the FA.