Southampton approach Manchester City academy boss Jason Wilcox over becoming their director of football – with the Premier League winner keen to oversee a shake-up at the Saints
- Southampton have made an approach to recruit Manchester City’s Jason Wilcox
- Wilcox, 51, has built up an outstanding reputation as City’s academy director
- And Saints have identified him as the person they want to oversee a shake-up
Southampton have made an ambitious approach to make Manchester City academy chief Jason Wilcox their new director of football.
Wilcox, a Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, has built up an outstanding reputation as City’s academy director.
He has been at the club since 2012, working as Under 18s head coach at one stage, before taking his current role in 2017.
Southampton have approached Jason Wilcox (above) over being their new director of football
Saints have identified the Man City academy chief as the man they want to oversee a shake-up
Southampton, who lost director of football operations Matt Crocker last month, have identified the 51-year-old as the man they want to oversee a shake-up.
Sportsmail understands Southampton are prepared to offer Wilcox a lucrative package and he would be eager to listen to what they have to say. City are braced to hear that he wants to leave and understand why he would want to speak to Saints.
Some will see the move as a gamble, given Southampton are bottom of the Premier League and in a wretched run of form under new manager Nathan Jones. But the opportunity to work within a senior environment appeals to Wilcox.
The two clubs have a good relationship and last summer Southampton signed four City academy stars, including Gavin Bazunu (left), Sam Edozie (right), Romeo Lavia and Juan Larios
The two clubs, who face each other on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, have enjoyed a good relationship.
This was shown last summer when Southampton signed four City youngsters — Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia, Juan Larios and Samuel Edozie.
Southampton raided City’s scouting department last summer for Joe Shields but he shocked both clubs in the autumn when he left abruptly to join Chelsea.