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Will Man Utd Swoop In After Director Of Football Resigns At Southampton?

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Jason Wilcox has offered his resignation at Southampton after Manchester United made an official approach to hire him as their new director of football.

The Red Devils have started changing things behind the scenes ever since the arrival of of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS’ as the investors. Omar Berrada is going to become the new chief executive soon and also Newcastle United’s sporting director Dan Ashworth is also being targeted.

Wilcox, Manchester City’s former academy leader, is now said to have resigned from his role at St Mary’s as per Fabrizio Romano.

Fabrizio Romano On Jason Wilcox

Jason Wilcox had prior left his role at the Etihad Stadium in 2023 to take a far more senior and responsible role at Southampton after having helped players like Cole Palmer, Phil Foden and Rico Lewis who made their first team debuts for Cityzens.

Man Utd made an offer worth the equivalent of a year’s salary, according to Sky Sports, and believe that will meet a buy-out clause in his current contract.

Southampton, however, have disputed the existence of such a clause and are unhappy with the timing of the approach. They were swift in rejecting this offer.

This got Jason Wilcox unhappy because he was hopeful that Southampton would accept this compensation package offered by Manchester United to secure his services.

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Southampton are in the promotion hunt in the Championship, currently stuck between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in fourth, and believe Wilcox is worth lots more in compensation despite his brief stay of just nine months so far.


This has forced Jason Wilcox to resign from his post in order to force a move to Manchester United after their formal approach was rejected by Southampton.

Berrada is said to be keen for Wilcox to be part of a new recruitment team at Old Trafford to be led by 53-year-old backroom target Dan Ashworth. The sporting director has been placed on gardening leave by the Magpies but there are fears a stalemate has been reached in negotiations with United.

Newcastle United are said to be looking forward for a compensation fee of atleast £20m for Dan Ashworth, but the Manchester United negotiators have so far refused to meet their asking price.

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