Manchester United clinch agreement to sign Dutchman
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United have continued their Academy overhaul by appointing former Ajax scout Henny de Regt, Football Insider sources understand.
De Regt has already begun work at Old Trafford after taking on a role as a scout in the youth set-up, where he will work alongside current head of youth recruitment Derek Langley.
The Dutchman served Ajax for 18 years in a variety of roles including scout, analyst and coach of the club’s junior sides.
He was recently with the Serbian Football Association but was targeted by the Premier League giants as part of an extensive overhaul of their youth system.
Former United midfielder Nicky Butt was appointed the new head of the club’s Academy on Monday in a bid to revive their struggling youth system.
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United’s massive Academy revamp is part of a long-term plan to start producing more home-grown players amid fears it has slipped behind rivals Manchester City as well as the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea.
Butt, a member of United’s famed Class of ’92, has taken the job that Brian McClair vacated last year and will oversee a revamp that was kickstarted last Friday with the departure of youth coach Paul McGuinness.
Langley is also set to leave the club at the end of the season. Football Insider revealed on Friday night that another Class of ’92 graduate Chris Casper is in advanced talks to replace him.