Man United academy director gets top coaching job at Brentford FC
Justin Cochrane, the Manchester United academy director, has been named as Brentford’s new head coach.
The highly-rated 40-year-old was courted by a number of clubs, but the Bees announced his signing on Saturday.
Last summer, Cochrane was named Manchester United’s new head of player development and coaching, supervising all aspects of the academy’s development from the Under-17 level up.
He worked at Tottenham’s academy for nine years before that, as well as assisting the FA with youth development.
Brentford director of football Phil Giles expressed his joy at the signing of Cochrane to the west London club.
“Justin is an excellent coach who has done outstanding work with Tottenham Hotspur, England, and Manchester United in recent years,” Giles added.
“We’ve known him for a long time, and when the opportunity to bring him to the Club arose this summer, we jumped at the chance.” Justin will be a member of the First Team coaching staff, which will continue to be led by Thomas Frank.
“The Head of Coaching position is a new one for us, but it will help us bring the coaching staff throughout the Club closer together and ensure that our coaching concepts are completely linked across squads.” We’re excited to have Justin join us on the first day of preseason.”
According to 90min, Brentford are still hopeful of surpassing Man United in the fight for Christian Eriksen. The Dane is poised to leave the Bees when his contract ends at the end of June, with former club Tottenham also interested in recruiting him.