Mark Allen is now set to oversee Swansea City’s recruitment following the departure of Andy Scott.
Current sporting director Allen was pivotal to the club’s transfer dealings in the summer and will spearhead what is now a much-changed set-up behind the scenes at the Swansea.com Stadium.
So how exactly will the new recruitment team operate?
We took a closer look, with the assistance of the man who is now a key driver behind the operation.
The roles on offer
Swansea have publicly advertised vacancies for a recruitment analyst and a head of analysis.
This is part of a reform of the structure that is set to take place below Allen – who will then take on board any feedback and begin the process of attempting to recruit should he wish to do so.
“I think the recruitment part of it is only part of an overall review of the structure and trying to establish what I think is required in the whole football arena moving forward,” said Allen.
“There are a number of roles that you’ll see out there now. One is head of performance. That role will effectively come in and look after the science and medical operation from top to bottom and they’ll be the fundamental driver around player performance.
“The second is head of analysis. This person will be a part of my strategic team and look after the integration of first team and academy from an analysis perspective.”
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What will the new recruitment department look like?
Following Scott’s exit, the Swans are now undergoing a restructure.
The key outcome is that two new roles will be created, with both successful applicants for these particular jobs being tasked to report to Allen.
“The next part of the jigsaw is the recruitment arm. We’re embarking on a restructure of that with Andy Scott deciding to move on,” explained Allen.
“That area will be split into two distinct roles. One will be as a chief scout. That person’s role will be responsible for talent ID. Whether that be first-team players, under-23s or under-18s, that person will be driving the scouting arena, identifying talent, making recommendations and reports into the club with a view to future signings, whether that be loan or permanent.
“The other arm is what I call player acquisition. That’s more of a relationship and management role that will be closely aligned and dealing with other clubs, agents, suppliers and departments, and will oversee the acquisition of a player once the ID part has been completed.
“Both of those roles will come directly in to me.”
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Where does Russell Martin fit in?
Martin is in regular dialogue with Allen when it comes to football operations at Swansea.
The pair were crucial in the behind-the-scenes developments that saw Matt Grimes sign a new long-term contract with the Swans last month.
Having worked in tandem during the summer transfer window, the duo have already identified a range of possible targets for the upcoming winter market.
And Allen has opened up on the process that involved the head coach when it comes to identifying targets and then signing players.
“Russell and I are quite aligned every day on all aspects of running the football department,” explained Allen.
“With recruitment, we will sit down early doors having established the profile of the type of players who will likely be a good fit for Swansea City. We will then sit down with Russell and come up with a number of targets who have been identified. Russell and I and his team will sit down with the head of player acquisition and fine tune that.
“We’ll come up with an ideal list and probably rank that in terms of preference one, two and three, knowing that all three can play in Swansea’s system and knowing that Russell would be happy with any of those three.
“He of course will have a preference like we all will, but confident in the fact that that’s where our recruitment will be and it will be updated dialogue then.”
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What about the hierarchy?
Of course, all transfers have to be sanctioned by those at the top of the tree.
Chief executive Julian Winter is required to advise the club’s majority owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien about the Swans’ transfer wishes using the input given from Martin, Allen and those in the recruitment arm.
It’s understood the owners are eager to back Martin in the upcoming window, although departures are likely as Swansea continue to tweak their squad to suit the man who was named as Steve Cooper’s successor little more than four months ago.
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