BRENTFORD have announced the appointment of former Manchester United academy manager Justin Cochrane.
The 40-year-old joined the Red Devils last summer and has overseen teams from U17 to U23 in his position as head of player development and coaching at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils last month won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2011 in Cochrane’s first season in the role.
And a number of Premier League teams have taken notice of his work.
But it’s Brentford who has convinced Cochrane to go to west London – just days after SunSport reported he was ready to make the move.
Of the appointment, Brentford director of football Phil Giles told the club’s website: “Justin is an excellent manager who has done a very good job at Tottenham, England and Manchester United in recent years.
“We’ve known him for a while and when the opportunity arose to bring him to the club this summer we were thrilled to be able to do so.
“Justin will be part of the First Team coaching staff under the continued leadership of Thomas Frank.
“The role of Head of Coaching is new to us but will help us bring the coaching staff even closer together across the club and ensure we are fully aligned in our coaching principles across teams.
“We look forward to Justin joining us on the first day of pre-season.”
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As a player, Cochrane was capped by Antigua and Barbuda at international level and spent time with QPR and Millwall.
After retiring, he coached Spurs from U12 to U23 before joining the England team.
During his time in North London he was responsible for developing the likes of Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, Noni Madueke and Marcus Edwards.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5590572/brentford-man-utd-academy-coach-justin-cochrane/ Brentford confirm the appointment of highly-rated Man Utd academy boss Justin Cochrane as head of coaching