Ricky Sbragia is set to be announced as Manchester United’s next U23s coach after Warren Joyce vacated the role last November, according to reports.
Nicky Butt has been serving as interim coach ever since Joyce, following a six year spell as reserves coach, departed to manage Wigan Athletic.
Sbragia was Man United’s reserve coach from November 2002 to October 2005 and has enjoyed stints with Bolton, Sunderland and most recently Scotland’s Under 21s – a post he left last February.
And according to the Mail Online’s Simon Jones, Sbragia will return for a second stint as U23s coach ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
It will be hard for anybody to cultivate the same widespread and deeply rooted influence engendered by Warren Joyce, largely responsible for the rise of local talents Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to the very highest level.
While managers and approaches chopped and changed with painful alacrity at senior level, Joyce made sure the mentality and attitude towards improvement remained the same.
And in Sbragia, United have a no-nonsense, experienced pragmatist who understands the club and whose job will be to keep the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Josh Harrop and Scott McTominay, alongside the younger generation spearheaded by Angel Gomes, moving in the right direction.