Manchester United working on appointing Southampton director of football

Seats at Old Trafford, the stadium of Manchester United.

Manchester United are keen on making another crucial backroom appointment REUTERS/Carl Recine

While the January transfer window was a quiet one for Manchester United, the club is making steady investment and acquisition strides elsewhere.

The INEOS investment did not see dividends in the form of arrival of players in the winter window, but what Sir Jim Ratcliffe and group have been up to since could  open up new avenues altogether.

Manchester United looking to rope in Jason Wilcox from Southampton

It is evident that the club has realized that their footballing issues extend beyond the pitch. As such, work is now being done at signing key figures to lead the hierarchy in a setup that is similar to top European giants elsewhere.

In this regard, The Athletic exclusively claims that Manchester United are currently working on a deal to acquire Jason Wilcox for a senior role. Wilcox is presently director of football at Southampton and is considered a highly-rated name in the industry.

Interestingly, Wilcox is not a stranger to Manchester, having started his coaching career with Manchester City’s academy setup and having acquired much of his experience as the side’s academy director.

This news comes at the tails of other reports regarding Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth who is being eyed for the top role of Director of Football at the Theatre of Dreams. Such pursuits, even at the conception stage, indicate strong intent from the new partial-owners about where they wish to take the club and how they want to go about doing so.

It will be interesting to see whether these deals go through and just how big of an impact they can have on the club’s immediate future. Having said that, supporters will also be wondering as to where exactly Erik ten Hag fits into all this, if at all.