Millwall will consider appointing a head of recruitment

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MILLWALL could beef up their scouting department by appointing a head of recruitment.

The Lions board are also set to increase how much they spend on looking for new players.

A head of recruitment would be brought in to work with chief scout Mick Harford, and would report to chief executive Andy Ambler and manager Ian Holloway.

“Mick is our chief scout but recruitment can’t be a one-man job," Ambler said.

"We need to spend more money on our scouting network and it’s an area we need to strengthen in.

"A lot of Championship clubs now have heads of recruitment so bringing somebody in to work alongside Mick is an option.

"I went to visit two or three big clubs before Christmas to see how they do things and get some advice on what might be the way forward.

"We need to be looking at enhancing our structure and expertise, so that’s one of the key appointments that we’ll be looking to make.

"In terms of structure, this person would sit between the board and the manager. And if the manager ever changed, this person wouldn’t change – that’s the idea.

"I’m going to sit down with the board the next time the chairman is over and discuss the fact that we need to increase the resources that we put into scouting.

“More and more clubs are going down this route but the actual job title can vary – some clubs have a head of recruitment while others have a technical director, although that’s not a term I particularly like.

"Kenny Jackett was a believer in the old school way of doing things while he was at Millwall but he’s gone to a club in Wolves who do things completely differently.

"He’s fallen into another way of working and is very happy with that.

"We need to take this club in a different direction because we more than most need a competitive edge in the transfer market."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

16 thoughts on “Millwall will consider appointing a head of recruitment

  • January 8, 2015 at 11:26
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    I can make myself available..... where do I send my CV?!

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:35
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    How about you step down Andy and we get someone who knows what there doing to replace you.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:39
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    Anyone apart from what we have Doing the job at the moment scouting for Wall would be an improvement which means 100% of the supporters should apply for the job
    Then also apply for the managers job as well

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:43
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    It has taken a long time for the penny to drop, but at last we seem to be moving forward, the only problem is that 91 others clubs have been doing this for some time now. But lets hope it produces results and they uncover a gem or 2 that actually go on to become first team regulars.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:45
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    So basically what Ambler is saying is - We need a Director of Football... which is something Aldo has been saying for the past year. Agree we need better infrastructure from a personnel stand point but a little bit worrying that AA is saying "I went to visit two or three big clubs before Christmas to see how they do things and get some advice on what might be the way forward." Surely we have a Chief Executive who knows what a football club needs in modern day football? We have global sized clubs who we share our city with so why not pick their brains all the time Ambler and while we at it pick a few of their reserves and youngsters. Network, build up a business relationship. At least something positive is now being done about it.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 12:02
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    So does the role of Chief Scout still remain if a Technical Director is brought in? I read the book 'Nowhere men' by mike Calvin and it seemed that bigger clubs had scouts reporting in to a Tech Director, but do we need both roles at Millwall?

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  • January 8, 2015 at 12:07
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    Only problem with this is he has to report to dopey ambler. Which basically puts ambler where he is now in charge. So the new bloke is amblers scapegoat. Priceless

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    • January 8, 2015 at 12:42
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      @block 28: @block 28: What a load of "Cods - Whollop" : Surely anybody can see if a player is any good or not ! Just glad we are getting rid of some of the Rubbish we had, and are at least gonna Try some New - Blood ( hopefully in Blackpool, then at Bradford ). Hey Super Millwall Supporters of South London "LETS GET IT ON" ( NOLU, WDC ). PS. And as some people have said ; IN OLLIE WE TRUST ! LOL.

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      • January 8, 2015 at 12:46
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        @BUSHWACKER14:

        Unfortunately none of the new players are eligible to play replay as can only play players registered for the first game.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 12:16
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    Basic or what?
    Couldn't organise a p**s up in a brewery comes to mind.
    Hopefully also our fan on the board should be having his two penny worth - as he is supposed to be representing the fans feelings

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  • January 8, 2015 at 14:12
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    but another salary on the payroll which could be paying to develop a young player

    how hard is it - you see players who you think are good and we can afford and you work on it - if harford isn't doing this, what is he doing?

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  • January 8, 2015 at 15:22
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    Why haven't they done anything about this before now? Berylson has mentioned several times in the past that he wanted to bring in young players with sell on value, yet they've allowed three managers to keep signing 30+-year-old codgers on big (by our standards) contracts.

    There was an article on here last year with Ambler talking about copying Everton's recruitment setup. I think it was in the comments there that I said the board's model of leaving everything football-related to the manager is flawed. The plan to deal with the problem seems to have been abandoned since Holloway took over. The manager should get some input into transfers, as he has to work with the players signed, but, with the scale of the transfer market now, we need someone working full-time on recruitment and a broader network of scouts concentrating on certain areas/leagues/countries. This allows the first team and academy managers to get on with the main job, which is to coach and motivate their players.

    We can't expect the first team manager to do everything themselves, nor should they be assume that they can. Good leaders have people around them to whom they can delegate tasks. Simple organizational skills. Berylson and his fellow board members are supposed to be successful businessmen: they should have understood this long before now and put the structure in place. We could be in League 1 before they get round to it.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 15:44
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    That will be the most redundant position in the world, more then ched Evens fan club administration team

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  • January 8, 2015 at 19:16
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    "I visited two or three clubs" is it that hard to remember Mr. Ambler? No wonder we are in the state we are in.

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    • January 9, 2015 at 09:20
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      @markbrowns: technical director, although that’s not a term I particularly like..feeling a bit threatend are you ambler

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