Manchester United is set to appoint England U17 coach Justin Cochrane as the academy's head of player development and coaching.
Cochrane is highly regarded within the Football Association after three years working in England's youth set-up, with Gareth Southgate describing him as "excellent young coach".
According to the Independent, the 39-year-old who had been tipped to replace Aidy Boothroyd as England's Under-21s head coach will return to club management with United having worked at Tottenham Hotspur.
The reports indicate that Cochrane will work in conjunction with United Under-23s manager Neil Wood and his Under-18s counterpart Neil Ryan to maintain a consistent coaching style of play throughout United's youth ranks.
Cochrane's departure from the England set-up will leave four of the seven head coaching jobs at the youth level vacant.
🗞️ Highly rated coach Justin Cochrane is heading to #mufc after being offered a head of coaching position in the academy. Cochrane was a contender to replace Boothroyd as the England u21 manager. [@AdrianJKajumba] pic.twitter.com/Ws7srcs4Yk— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) June 8, 2021