Manchester United has named Justin Cochrane as the new director of the Academy for Player Development and Coaching.

Cochrane comes from the FA, where he was, among other things, head of the U17 coach.

At United, he will oversee the development of academy players ages 17-23 in a role similar to Nicky Butt, but with a different job title that fits into the club’s new structure.

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Cochrane reports to Football Director John Murtough, who had positive words to say about him when he announced the move.

Quoted on the club’s website, Murtough said: “The development of young players is fundamental to us as a club and its importance to us can never be overstated.

“We welcome Justin’s appointment as part of our plan to bring in the best external coaching talent to complement our existing group and further strengthen our work across the Academy.”

Learn more about Justin Cochrane

Cochrane used to play as a professional before retiring in 2013. He played international soccer for Antigua and Bermuda.

Cochrane is only 39 years old and has been working hard as a coach since he hung up his boots. One of his previous stints was at Tottenham Hotspur before he got a job with the FA.

Cochrane has a Twitter account that fans can follow and one of his posts from a year ago praised the talent of United’s youth team.

I am enjoying watching both Man City and Manchester Utd right now. Different play styles but equally entertaining, both academies have talent too. Good people who are in charge there.

– Justin Cochrane (@ JustinCochrane8) July 10, 2020

Cochrane’s Twitter account shows his passion for youth football, where he has ties to clubs across England through both networking and his job at the FA.

For Manchester United fans who want a closer look at him, Cochrane released an intriguing podcast this April about his approach to his coaching career and motivations. The link to the interview is below.

Cochrane is excited to be with United

As you can imagine, Cochrane is thrilled to join the club in an official capacity, considering his tweet praising the United Academy a year ago.

Cochrane was quoted by the club’s website as saying, “Joining such a world-renowned academy system is an extremely proud moment and I can’t wait to begin in this new and exciting role. Even in the first few conversations I could see how deep the coaching talent already exists at the highest level in 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 development of players for the Manchester United first team.”

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