Clarets streamline scouting network

BURNLEY have streamlined their scouting network, but insist it is more of a shake-up than a cost-cutting measure.

Lee Maybury has been re-employed as the Clarets’ senior scout, working directly alongside newly-appointed head of recruitment and analytics Lee Darnbrough.

Burnley have essentially trimmed the in-house scouting pool from four, at the time of Darnbrough’s arrival from West Brom in December, to two.

Des Taylor has left the club, after the position of chief scout was made redundant, while it is understood former West Ham scout Bryan Glover is on gardening leave until his contract expires in the summer. Both Taylor and Glover were appointed by previous manager Eddie Howe.

The club are now actively seeking to recruit regional scouts to operate for the Clarets on a part-time basis.

“We are looking to invest in the scouting, and get a lot more part-time scouts to increase the number of people in the department on a part-time basis rather than full time,” said chief executive Lee Hoos.

“It is not a cost cutting measure at all. There won’t be any cost saving.

“There will be one senior UK scout and a number of part-time scouts appointed to that person so that we make the money available go as far as we possibly can.”

Earlier this month Burnley announced plans to ‘streamline’ its ticketing and retail departments, with full-time and part-time staff being consulted as the Clarets look to make redundancies in the final year of the Premier League parachute payments.

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