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16 Feb 2024 07:09:47
I read Utd want Jason Wilcox from Southampton as the new DoF.

Is he a good choice for Utd Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Not as Director of Football but to head recruitment and focus on younger players. This will be the direct choice of Omar Berrada. He did well with the kids at Manchester City.}

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16 Feb 2024 09:33:34

Will Murtough remain as a DOF or will he be moved into a new role?

{Ed002's Note - Murtough is being replaced.}

16 Feb 2024 09:43:42
Thanks ED002.

16 Feb 2024 15:49:23
Let's hope Wilcox improved after his career change from a player.

16 Feb 2024 16:06:14
I’d assume ed this means moving forward there will be a greater emphasis on signing younger players?

Very interesting appiointment imo.

16 Feb 2024 16:17:47
Spenno. He did win the Premier league so he couldn't have been that bad.

16 Feb 2024 19:22:42
Bolton lad.

16 Feb 2024 20:21:42
Thought he was a quality player, and he did a great job at City. Southampton are also now a very young and exciting side.

Smart moves by smart people.

17 Feb 2024 12:18:33
The rumours are that the club are looking at Wilcox as a head of youth development and recruitment.

Supposedly this is the same role they considered Paul Mitchell for but he wanted a bigger role (DoF) .

What excites me most about his is that the club are seemingly wanted someone who will effectively be tasked with helping provide players for the first team from BOTH the academy and from recruitment.

Having someone whose role includes youth development seems to suggest that the new way the club will be run is to closely include and look to promote from the academy. This providing pathways for young players. Looking at the academy and the players within it, when they might be ready and if they will be good enough and to factor that in when recruiting players.

Things like looking at young players who might be a season or two away from breaking into the first team so actively choosing not to sign a long term player in that position that would only block that youth player.

For example if they coaches think Shea Lacey will be ready to push into the first team squad towards the end of next season/ the start of 2025/ 26 season then do they spend 60-80m on a new RW player in their early 20's like Olise or Neto?

Having someone in a role whose job includes promoting young academy players alongside signing players seems a great way forward if the club want to continue our proud tradition of giving youth a chance and developing young players.

{Ed002's Note - A kick in the gonads for Nick Cox I am told.}

17 Feb 2024 14:59:01
Hope they keep Nick Cox on - always comes across as a really genuine football man passionate about the careers of the youngsters he’s in charge of.

19 Feb 2024 08:59:38
Me too Wallace. I've no idea if this new role will merge the head of the academy or work alongside it.

21 Feb 2024 09:19:16
I listened to Nick Cox on Talk of the Devils the other day. Sounded like a great fella.

I really loved his outlook and how he marks success. Not in trophies but about how many of the kids go on to have careers be it at Manchester United or another club.

Shame is this is a kick in the gonads. It looked as though he was doing a good job from the outside looking in.

Any knowledge of Nick Cox ed?



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