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Nottingham Forest appoint man behind Ollie Watkins deal to key role amid Newcastle United link


Nottingham Forest have continued the reshaping of their recruitment department by bringing in a familiar face to Steve Cooper.

Cooper ally Andy Scott has joined the Reds as head of scouting after leaving Swansea, where he served as head of recruitment under the Forest boss.

Scott, a former Brentford and Rotherham manager is understood to have started his new role a week ago.

He was linked with recruitment roles at Middlesbrough, as well as Newcastle United, before being tempted to the City Ground.


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A former Watford sporting director, Scott joined Swansea in July 2019 and spent almost two and a half years at the club. He played a key role in the capture of players including Joel Piroe, who has 11 goals and four assists in 22 games this season, as well as Jamal Lowe and Ryan Manning.

Before that he enjoyed massive success of head of recruitment at Brentford, playing a leading role in the signings of Ollie Watkins for less than £2m and Neal Maupay for £1.6m. The pair were sold for £28m and £20m respectively.

“We got things wrong [at Brentford] but we got a hell of a lot more right. We were certainly ahead of the curve, which was fantastic. It’s shown with the players coming into Brentford and moving on and the money that they made that it worked,” he told the BBC last year.

“But you’ve still got to keep moving forward and developing your strategy and improving it because virtually every club worth its salt now has data analysts and scientists working for them, building their own models which are similar to the others.

“So you’ve got to find a difference and something that’s a little bit ahead of what everyone else is doing to make sure that you’ve got a gain. If you don’t keep up with the times, you get left behind.”

In the same interview it was revealed Brentford planned many transfer windows ahead with an emphasis on “buying early and selling late” when it came to players.

As a player, the 49-year was a forward for Sheffield United, Brentford, Oxford United and Leyton Orient.

His appointment fits in perfectly with Forest’s revised recruitment philosophy, which leans on analytics, as well as targeting hidden gems and younger players with a high resale value.

The Reds began reshaping their recruitment team last year by bringing in George Syrianos as head of recruitment from Stuttgart. Former Wigan head of football operations Chris Brass completes the group working under chief executive Dane Murphy.

Forest have already enjoyed success under the group, bringing in Philip Zinkernagel, Max Lowe and Djed Spence on successful loan deals along with the returning James Garner.

Recent signings Keinan Davis and Steve Cook have started well, while there are high hopes for Canadian international Richie Laryea.

Not every deal has come off yet, with the jury very much out on Mohamed Drager, Rodrigo Ely and Xande Sila, however, Forest have also lowered the average age and wage of the squad in the last year.

Miltiadis Marinakis has also taken on a more prominent role of late at Forest, serving as the representative of his father, Reds owner Evangelos Marinakis.





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