NEW LEEDS United head of recruitment Martyn Glover has revealed that he extensively scouted Whites duo Sam Byram and Lewis Cook in his old job at West Ham in 2014-15.
Glover was officially confirmed in his role yesterday after recently leaving a similar position with the Hammers.
It is the latest positive backroom development at Leeds, who will today announce a ‘significant’ commercial development, with speculation abound that it will provide details on the club’s new kit manufacturer.
On the likes of Byram and Cook coming under his radar at West Ham, Glover, who worked in variety of roles at Blackburn Rovers before moving to Upton Park to become head of recruitment under old Rovers boss Sam Allardyce in 2011, said: “Particularly with people like Sam Bryam and Lewis Cook, we were quite strong on and watched a lot of them last season.
“It will be nice to hopefully develop these players now I am here.
“Leeds have always produced good young players and that’s testament to the club and the academy here and the way they have done things in the past.”
And on his move to Leeds, which came after the club pulled out of a move to bring in ex-Reading head of recruitment and ex-Norwich chief scout Steve Head, he added: “It came out of the blue to some extent and it’s a
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nice opportunity and I am delighted.
“I knew of (executive director) Adam Pearson, without particularly knowing him.
“But I worked with (assistant head coach) Rob Kelly at the academy at Blackburn for four years and we have history together - all good I must add!.
“I didn’t know Uwe (Rosler) at all before coming here and that’s new to me.
“But things have been good and in the short time we’ve been together, we have got on well.
“I had a great relationship with Sam (Allardyce) and it will be nice to develop a similar relationship with Uwe now.”
In his roles heading recruitment at West Ham and previously for a spell at Blackburn, Glover helped both clubs make a number of shrewd signings, including Steven N’Zonzi at Blackburn and Aaron Cresswell at Ipswich - and is aiming to utilise his contact book and scouting skills to come up with more gems for Leeds.
He said: “My role will be to come up with targets and potential players and manage that side of it and present the case to the manager as to what we think we can do and then it is a case of trying to make the finances fit.
“People like Steven N’Zonzi at Blackburn was a great success because we got him from the second league in France for a very, very small fee and in his first season, he was player-of-the-year at Blackburn. He has now gone onto be a good player in the Premier League and done very well.
“There was also Cresswell at West Ham, who was brought in as a full-back from the Championship and was West Ham’s player-of-the-season in his first year in the Premier League, which was lovely.
“It was pleasing to be part of that.
“People who I have been involved in the production of include the likes of Phil Jones, who we brought through as a young kid and he has gone on ultimately to play for England and there’s one or two more like that - and latterly at West Ham, who have done particularly well.”