LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City celebrates scoring a goal with Jason Wilcox team coach during the FA Youth Cup Fina, Second Leg match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Fountain of Youth: Meet the Men in Charge of the Next Generation at the Premier League's Top 6

Youth development has been a hot topic in England for several years now, mostly fuelled by the failures of the English national team at major tournaments.


However, the country is now turning a corner, with the Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-20s all achieving recent success on the national stage.


But who are the figures who oversee the progress of young players at some of the country's most well-renowned and respected academies?


Here's a look at the six men who are currently responsible for youth development at the top six Premier League clubs.

1. Manchester City - Jason Wilcox (Academy Director)

Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox had a successful playing career with Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Leicester City and Blackpool.


The 46-year-old also earned three England caps, before retiring from football in 2006. He took a brief break from the game and then spent some time doing media work, before making a move into coaching.


Wilcox first joined the Manchester City coaching staff in 2012 and just a year later was appointed as the Head Coach of the club's Under-18s team.


In 2016, he took up the Head of Academy Coaching role, being responsible for the education and development of all the coaches within the academy set up.


The following year, he was appointed as Academy Director and has seen the likes of Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz feature for the first team under Pep Guardiola.


During his time at Manchester City, Wilcox has helped oversee the transition to the City Football Academy - Manchester City's £200m training complex that opened in 2014.

2. Manchester United - Nicky Butt (Head of Academy)

Nicky Butt made his name as a player with Manchester United, having graduated through the ranks as a member of the famous 'Class of '92' and went on to make 387 appearances for the Red Devils.


Butt was appointed as Head of Academy in February 2016 after the departure of long-serving academy chief Brian McClair.


Since taking on his new role, Butt has overseen wide scale changes in academy coaching and scouting set ups, including the arrivals of Ricky Sbagria as Under-23s coach and Kieran McKenna, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, as the club's Under-18s boss.


Upon his appointment, Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, told manutd.com: "As a graduate of its finest team in the modern era, Nicky will bring passion, energy and experience to drive the Academy forward."

3. Liverpool - Alex Inglethorpe (Academy Director)

Alex Inglethorpe also had a decent playing career, featuring for the likes of Watford, Leyton Orient and Exeter City.


The 46-year-old coached at non-league side Leatherhead before moving on to manage Leyton Orient Under-19s, a club he had played for earlier in his football career.


Then moved on to manage Exeter City, another of his former clubs, where he oversaw a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.


Inglethorpe spent time coaching with England 'C' and Tottenham before joining Liverpool as Under-21s coach in 2012. He stepped up to the role of Academy Director less than two years later, and has been instrumental in the progress of players such Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn.

4. Tottenham Hotspur - John McDermott (Head of Coaching & Player Development)

The long-serving academy coach works extremely closely with First Team Manager, Mauricio Pochettino and has played a part in the development of players such as Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Harry Winks.


McDermott has previously been targeted by Manchester United as part of a coaching overhaul at Carrington, which was overseen by Nicky Butt.


In 2016, Levy explained to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust (via the Guardian) that "John McDermott was now in charge of everything below the first team, including the under-21s,” and how “there was regular dialogue with McDermott, Pochettino and Mitchell regarding recruitment and talent.


“All three would be considering whether we have the talent under our first team that we could promote up. The approach is always to try and promote up, if possible.”

5. Chelsea - Neil Bath (Head of Youth Development)

Neil Bath, Chelsea's Head of Youth Development, is one of the most respected figures in the academy football industry.


Bath first became a coach at Chelsea, the team he has supported since a boy, in 1993 and worked his way up to become Assistant Academy Director in 2002.


From there, the experienced 52-year-old became Academy Manager in 2004, overseeing a complete restructuring of the academy programme at Chelsea.


In 2011, he was promoted to Head of Youth Development - a role which saw his existing work balanced with extra responsibility for the under-18 and reserve sides.


Under his leadership, Chelsea have won six FA Youth Cup titles since 2010 and have won back-to-back UEFA Youth League titles.

6. Arsenal - Luke Hobbs / Per Mertesacker (Interim / Incoming Academy Managers)

Luke Hobbs is the current Interim Academy Manager at Arsenal.


The 38-year-old has previously held coaching roles at Peterborough United, Cambridge United, Southend United before joining Arsenal in 2013.


Having spent four years coaching at Arsenal, the UEFA 'A' License coach was appointed Interim Academy Manager after his predecessor, Andries Jonker, left to become Head Coach at Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg.


This summer, Hobbs will be replaced by former Arsenal captain, Per Mertesacker. The defender is currently seeing out the final year of his Arsenal contract before taking up his new role in the summer.


When his appointment was confirmed, Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com: "Per is an exceptional character who is a great example for young players.


"He is a deep thinker about the game and committed to helping players fulfil their potential. He will be an inspirational figure for everyone connected with the academy."