CHIEF executive Andy Ambler has revealed that Millwall's new scouting system will be loosely based on the example set by Everton.
As revealed by NewsAtDen two weeks ago, the Lions have made chief scout Jamie Johnson redundant as they "freshen up" their recruitment strategy.
Millwall will move away from scouting in the traditional sense and focus on data collection and statistical analysis of potential targets, overseen by assistant boss Mick Harford.
"The new methods that we are going to put in place were not previously seen as a priority," Ambler said.
"Kenny Jackett moved the academy forwards but it could be in years to come that we find out we should have gone down a different route and invested more in scouting.
"We are going to invest a little bit more but that money will go towards building a database and an analytical approach, rather than having a chief scout – we're not going to recruit one.
"Mick is going to head it up alongside Dan McLoone, who does our video analysis, and Dan is going to bring someone in to help him. We're looking at companies who can help us get a database up and running.
"It is a good idea to freshen everything up. Jamie did well for us under Kenny in that era. We will be investing in infrastructure – for instance, we'll need a new server and a load of new computers, so there will be a capital outlay. This is a more targeted approach to scouting."
And Millwall hope to take a leaf out of the Toffees' book.
Ambler added: "Everton have one of the best systems – we've been looking at them for the past few years.
"When David Moyes was at Everton, we were fortunate enough to use their training facilities a few times under Kenny, so I took the opportunity to sit with their staff and understand how they do things.
"That is a very, very well run Premier League club that has recruited extraordinarily well without matching the big clubs financially.
"Naturally they'll have more people and more resources than we do, but it sees to me like the logical way to go and a lot of other clubs are doing exactly the same.
"If we can reproduce a version of what Everton do, we won't go far wrong."
While Harford will not be alongside Steve Lomas in the dugout on a matchday, Ambler says the 54-year-old will remain assistant manager.
He said: "Steve hasn't mentioned to me that he wants any more members of staff – Neil Harris, Tim Breacker and Kevin Pressman are all in the dugout, so it is not like we are short in that area.
"It was a good thing that Mick was on the bench for the first few games to give him an understanding of how Steve works.
"It's a logical progression. When Mick came in, we knew that recruitment might be an area for him to move into – he's very passionate about scouting."