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Manchester United Want Wolverhampton Wanderers Head Coach

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in engaging Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Gary O’Neil for a potential role in their coaching setup at Old Trafford, sources familiar with the matter have informed ESPN.

Following the acquisition of a 27% stake in the club by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group in February, the football operations at Man United are now under the purview of Ineos, led by director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford. Under this new regime, efforts are underway to establish a revamped coaching structure with a head coach at the helm.

Although there hasn’t been a final decision regarding Erik ten Hag’s future as manager, sources suggest that United have already evaluated several candidates as potential successors, including England manager Gareth Southgate, Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, and Brentford’s Thomas Frank.

Gary O’Neil, who took over as manager at Molineux last August following Julen Lopetegui’s departure, has steered Wolves into contention for European qualification this season. His previous success in keeping Bournemouth in the Premier League during his inaugural top-flight managerial role last season has garnered attention.

Sources indicate that the 40-year-old has been made aware of United’s interest, with senior figures from the club expressing a desire to explore his intentions. Although the specific role United may offer O’Neil remains undisclosed, it’s understood that United is considering bolstering their entire coaching team.

O’Neil, who signed a three-year contract upon taking charge of Wolves last summer, presents United with the potential need for compensation should they extend him an offer.

Beginning his coaching career with Liverpool U-18s, O’Neil was initially hired by Michael Edwards, the club’s sporting director. Edwards and O’Neil had previously collaborated during Portsmouth’s tenure in the Premier League in the early 2000s.

When contacted by ESPN, Manchester United declined to comment on the prospect of talks with O’Neil.