Manchester United working on deal for ex-Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox | Football

Jason Wilcox has been approached by Manchester United (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s restructuring is continuing at speed with the club working on a deal for Southampton Director of Football Jason Wilcox.

The Red Devils want the former Manchester City academy director to work under Dan Ashworth, who they have approached to become the club’s first sporting director.

INEOS, headed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, have wasted no time in making changes at Old Trafford, despite the fact the deal is yet to fully go through.

Omar Berrada will join from City as the club’s new CEO, while an official approach is set to be made for Ashworth in the coming days.

But INEOS want Wilcox, who left City for Southampton in January 2023, to take a role under Ashworth, according to the Athletic.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe visits Carrington Training Complex

Ratcliffe and INEOS have wasted no time in getting down to business (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The role would likely see Wilcox oversee the academy, given his work at the Etihad.

The likes of Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis all came through City’s academy during Wilcox’s nine years at the Etihad.

His scope at Southampton was far larger and he could expect to take a reduced role at Old Trafford in terms of duties.

But his responsibilities would arguably be greater, given United’s long history of producing academy products.

Wilcox played for Blackburn as a player, while he also enjoyed stints with Blackpool and Leeds.

United hope to appoint a head of recruitment in the coming weeks, who will also report into Ashworth – should he take the job as sporting director.

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