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Manchester United shown Jason Wilcox’s FFP masterplan which justifies Sir Jim Ratcliffe decision


Co-owner of Manchester United Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously demonstrated his willingness to stop at nothing to achieve his objectives.

Soon after joining United, Ratcliffe significantly altered the boardroom. The news has been dominated by Omar Berrada and the recently hired Dan Ashworth, but one man has kind of gone unnoticed.

As the new technical director of the club, Jason Wilcox returned to Southampton in April, the city of his great success. The 52-year-old managed the formation of the Elite Development Squad (EDS) at the Manchester City Academy, which has been Pep Guardiola’s perpetual gift.

Tommy Doyle, a midfielder Wilcox signed as a young player, was transferred this week for £4.5 million after making an impression while on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is by no means the only talented player to make the club money in spite of having little effect on the senior squad; that money is pure profit for the Blues.

The profitable sales of James Trafford, Romeo Lavia, Carlos Borges, and Shea Charles demonstrated how United may strengthen its position in Financial Fair Play (FFP) going forward. Wilcox has previously emphasized that very few players will be good enough to play for a top-four club after signing with an academy.


He clarified why this isn’t the end-all be-all in an interview with National News in 2020. “When we are producing players who have high levels of technical excellence, who are great people, who have high levels of intelligence and physicality, only the players with the highest levels of all will be ready for Manchester City’s first team, which is able to compete against the best players in the world,” Wilcox stated.

“There are very few players who will be at that level. When you look at the top four clubs in Europe or the Premier League it is an extremely big ask and it is a big challenge.

“If we just sat here and say, are we going to produce 11 players for Manchester City’s first team? The likelihood is very, very slim because the levels they have to get to are unbelievably high when the team are expected to win the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup every year.

“I don’t see any teams being able to bring 11 players through in one era that happened in the past with Manchester United and Barcelona. They are the only two clubs it has happened. It is going to be highly unlikely.”

Wilcox has a plan, though, and City has shown that they can produce a great player pool that can be sold as assets. Should United be able to generate revenue from their program, it would be entirely profit to reinvest, which would be a valid reason for Ratcliffe to have chosen to bring the former City player on board.

 



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