Sources: GSB green light multiple West Ham hires in big shake-up
David Moyes has been given the green light to hire his own recruitment team at West Ham, Football Insider understands.
The Scot, 58, made it clear during talks with Hammers chiefs David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady that a beefed-up scouting network was key to him signing a new contract.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the board have given the green light to Moyes overhauling the club’s recruitment set-up this summer.
That will se the Irons appointing a new director of football as well as hiring multiple talent spotters to supplement what has traditionally been one of the smallest scouting networks at any Premier League club.
As revealed by Football Insider on 27th May, Billy McKinlay has agreed to re-join West Ham as Moyes’ new number two to replace Alan Irvine, who has quit the post for personal reasons.
The mass shake-up behind the scenes will strengthen Moyes’ powerbase as well as give him more control over transfers.
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Sullivan has historically exerted a tight control over signings and exits, using a favoured cadre of well-connected agents.
Moyes has pushed for a more streamlined and professional recruitment set-up that is more reliant on expert and well connected talent-spotters.
The Hammers did appoint Mario Husillos as director of football when Manuel Pellegrini was manager but they were both dismissed in December 2019.
Recruitment was mixed during that period, with some poor signings such as Sebastien Haller, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Roberto and Felipe Anderson interspersed with more successful ones like Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena.
Moyes has growing authority at West Ham and has been able to negotiate the changes after overseeing an outstanding 2020-21 campaign.
In other news, West Ham are working on signing the ‘next Duncan Ferguson’.