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Sources: Man United’s stance on Jason Wilcox approach after ‘angry’ Southampton reports



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Southampton director of football Jason Wilcox has reportedly resigned ahead of a proposed move to Manchester United to become the club’s technical director.

That information has come from Fabrizio Romano, who stated that Southampton refused to accept a fee from United for Wilcox, so he has resigned in order to force a move to Old Trafford.

He will become an important part of INEOS’ regime at United under Dan Ashworth and Omar Berrada. However, important steps remain before a deal is complete.

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According to multiple reports, Wilcox will need to serve a 12-month gardening leave period unless an agreement on a compensation fee can be agreed between the two clubs.

This could be complicated by suggestions that Southampton are angry with the timing of the approach from United, with reports dropping shortly before their Championship clash against Ipswich Town on Monday evening.

However, sources have told UtdDistrict that United have been respectful and followed the correct processes by making an official approach to Southampton.

It is also understood that The Reds have agreed to pay The Saints the equivalent of a full year of Wilcox’s salary, despite him having only been with them for nine months, after leaving Manchester City at the end of the 2022/23 campaign. There is hope for a reasonable and amicable outcome for all parties.

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Wilcox worked closely with United’s incoming CEO, Omar Berrada, at Manchester City. He was their Under-18s manager before being promoted to the academy director in 2017.