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Coach who helped transform Manchester City academy is set to join Manchester United

Manchester United intensifies its Academy focus with key appointments, highlighting ambitions for a robust post-Brexit scouting and recruitment strategy.

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Manchester United is taking significant strides to reinforce their Academy’s scouting and recruitment, evident from their latest appointments in key roles. The club’s overarching objective is to establish an elite Academy scouting and recruitment system that can adapt to the challenges of the post-Brexit environment.

Recent developments, as disclosed by Training Ground Guru, confirm the appointment of Callum Tongue, who will transition from his role as the Under-18s coach at Ipswich Town, to take up the position of Head of Local Recruitment at United. Prior to his stint at Ipswich, Tongue has a rich history with Manchester City, where he served in various capacities, including coaching and recruiting, for almost a decade.

Meanwhile, Ben Clarke, with an impressive six-year tenure as Head of Academy Recruitment at Cardiff City, has been tapped to oversee the role of Pre-Academy Lead Scout at Old Trafford.

Additionally, Finn O’Leary, hailing from Blackburn Rovers and known for his expertise as their Recruitment Operations Manager, is set to spearhead efforts as the Assistant Lead Phase Scout for the local Manchester region.

Manchester United’s aggressive drive to secure experienced professionals from renowned football institutions underscores their ambition.

Furthermore, the club has begun the search for individuals to fill the positions of Lead 17-20 Scout and Phase Scout for the same age group, and they are also on the lookout for an Academy Negotiator.

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