Brentford confirm signing key Manchester United figure on a three year contract

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Brentford have appointed Justin Cochrane as head of coaching following his departure as academy chief at Manchester United.

Brentford beat off competition from rivals to sign the Manchester United academy chief.

Brentford beat off competition from a number of rival clubs to snap up the services of Cochrane on a three-year contract ahead of the return to pre-season training.

Cochrane joined Manchester United last summer as head of player development and coaching before leaving the role to join Brentford.

He was instrumental in Manchester United winning the FA Youth Cup in May for the first time since 2011.

The 40 year left Manchester United because he wanted to make the move to senior football.

He is very well regarded at Old Trafford for the impact he has had on improving the club’s young players, though has harboured a desire to move into senior coaching.

London-born Antigua and Barbuda international Cochrane also had a 13-year playing career which began at QPR and included spells at Crewe and Rotherham.

Phil Giles, Brentford FC Director of Football, said: “Justin is an outstanding coach who has been doing very good work in recent years with Tottenham, England and Manchester United. 

“We’ve known him for a while and so when the opportunity came up this summer to be able to bring him to the Club, we were excited to be able to do so.

“Justin will be part of the First Team coaching group under the continued leadership of Thomas Frank.

“The Head of Coaching role is a new one for us but will help us bring the coaching staff across the club even closer together and ensure that we are totally aligned in our coaching principles across teams.

“We look forward to Justin joining us for day one of pre-season.”

Cochrane joins three other coaches in leaving United’s academy this year following the departures of Neil Ryan, Neil Wood and Alan Fettis.

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