Manchester United’s attempt to lure away many of Manchester City’s scouts and coaches in an attempt to catch up with City at youth and recruitment level has hit a roadblock.
After succeeding in poaching a couple of academy scouts and City’s head of operations recently, a more audacious attempt to snatch international scouting and recruitment manager, Rob Newman, and head of local recruitment, Trevor Todd, has ended in failure according to Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail.
City are said to be untroubled by United’s attempts to grab key scouting and academy figures, and are confident that suitable replacements can be found for those who have left.
Dan Schofield, Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson have crossed the Manchester divide, leading to City handing out new contracts to prevent not just United, but other Premier League clubs, from prising more members of staff away.
Newman’s loss would have been troublesome for City, as he is involved in many major transfer deals and it could have led to United chasing a number of Pep Guardiola’s targets this summer.
Todd, meanwhile, is seen as one of the big influences behind City becoming Manchester’s leading force in youth football, which regularly leads to United’s kids suffering heavy losses to their counterparts.
Some recent youth results:
U13s: City 5-0 United
U14s: City 6-0 United
U15s: City 9-0 United
U18s: City 2-2 United
U23s: City 3-1 United pic.twitter.com/tcuS8BbOYU
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United’s strategy is clear – try to buy City’s infrastructure with higher salary offers, but with rejections fron Newman and Todd, and others being tied down to contracts, they may have to devise a strategy beyond buying the impressive staff members City have recruited in recent years.
City, with a large contingent of local lads, have just won the U18 Premier League North without losing a single game, and the sheer level of talent across the age groups in City’s academy has made club chiefs confident that more will start to break into the first-team fold soon.