How exactly do Football League clubs go about recruiting and scouting players? How many people are involved? What role do agents play? Are big clubs aware of the best talent at Football League level? Will EPPP hinder the development of young British players?
These are all questions the boys look to examine in a special show this week, as we discover ‘the truth behind transfers’. With the January transfer window now closed, our attention turns to what goes on behind the scenes.
We speak to Ross Wilson, Head of Football Operations at Huddersfield Town. As well as being a club director, Ross leads the Terriers’ recruitment, scouting, analysis and sports science amongst other things. He explains how a transfer works from start to finish and how the club went about securing the key signing of Nahki Wells last month.
The multi award-winning sports journalist and author Mike Calvin also joins us. Mike is a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and has recently published the book ‘The Nowhere Men: The Unknown Story of Football’s True Talent Spotters‘. He gives his thoughts on the analytical approach vs. the old-school ‘feel for the game’ approach, and lifts the lid on exactly how scouts operate from week to week across the country.
There’s also a shambolic few days at Elland Road to discuss, Emmanuel Frimpong’s latest misdemeanours… and Torquay players er, stuck in their pyjamas. All that plus Adam Marsden with more on his club Chesterfield, and we ask the question – is Rotherham boss Steve Evans actually David Brent?
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(Pic: from ‘The Nowhere Men‘ by Mike Calvin)