Manchester United have appointed Justin Cochrane as the club’s new academy head of player development and coaching.
Cochrane joins from the FA where head of under-17 coaching was one of his roles.
At United he will oversee development of academy players in the 17 to 23 age range, in a similar role to Nicky Butt albeit with a different job title, fitting into the club’s new structure.
Cochrane reports to director of football John Murtough, who had positive words to say about him upon the announcement of the move.
Quoted by the club website, Murtough said: “Developing young players is fundamental to who we are as a club and its importance to us can never be overstated.
“We welcome Justin’s appointment as part of our plan to bring the best external coaching talent to complement our existing group and further strengthen the work we are doing across the academy.”
Learn more about Justin Cochrane
Cochrane used to play as a professional before retiring in 2013. He played international football for Antigua and Bermuda.
Still only 39, Cochrane has been working hard as a coach ever since hanging up his boots. One of his previous spells was at Tottenham Hotspur before landing a job with the FA.
Cochrane has a Twitter account which fans can follow, and one of his posts from a year ago was praising the level of talent at United’s youth team.
Cochrane’s twitter account shows his passion for youth football, where he has connections with clubs across England from both his networking and his job with the FA.
For Manchester United fans wanting a more detailed look at him, Cochrane did a fascinating podcast this April about how he approaches his career as a coach and his motivations. The link to the interview is below.
Cochrane excited to be at United
As you can imagine considering his tweet praising United’s academy a year ago, Cochrane is thrilled to join the club in an official capacity.
Cochrane was quoted by the club website: “Joining such a world-renowned academy system is an extremely proud moment and I cannot wait to get started in this new and exciting role. From the first conversations, I could see the depth of top-level coaching talent that is already in place at the club.
“I look forward to working with each of them to provide the right environment for our players to thrive and to continue the phenomenal record of developing players for Manchester United’s first-team.”
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