Southampton reportedly approach leading Manchester City figure

17 Jun 2022 | 08:59 | Football

SUGGESTIONS needs to replace outgoing director of recruitment Martyn Glover and is said to have approached one of the top figures at Manchester City’s academy – Joe Shields.

The St Mary’s Stadium team is said to want to put Shields in charge of player purchases, after helping the Etihad Stadium team become one of the most formidable young teams in the country.

Making star after star, City is now the winner of both Premier League 2 and U18 Premier League – after beating the Saints at St Mary’s in the final last month.

Shields, who was once Crystal Palace’s assistant head of recruitment, is said to have recruited the likes of Jadon Sancho, the new signings of Saints Gavin Bazunu, Liam Delap and many others.

Romeo Lavia, who yesterday was linked with interest from the Saints, was signed by Shields in 2020 and went on to make his senior debut under Pep Guardiola at just 18 years old, as well as a new Borussia signing Dortmund, Jayden Braaf are among them.

Daily Echo: Jadon Sancho has signed for Manchester United (Image: PA)Jadon Sancho has signed for Manchester United (Image: PA)

The Daily Echo understands Glover, who is also the Saints’ head of scouting but is moving to Leicester City, won’t be leaving his post until the end of the summer – while Shields probably won’t arrive in this window, due to notice time.

Glover is still leading discussions with potential celebrities and players the Saints are tracking, and young players at the club have signed new contracts over the past few weeks and months.

The Telegraph reports that Shields is the first major recruiting figure the Saints have approached since being taken over by new owners Sport Republic, as they seek to fill the void that will be left by Glover’s departure.

The 35-year-old is believed to be the leading candidate for the new head of senior recruitment at St Mary’s, in an overhaul led by Sport Republic CEO Rasmus Ankersen.

While Man City have loads of larger resources to put into their academy and clubs, the creation of training fees and compensation for out-of-contract players is an important part of the deal. Man City’s academy strategy.

A move for academy director Shields, following the appointment of 38-year-old Ruben Selles as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s new first-team assistant, shows the club’s strategy of picking high-potential options extending from the pitch to defender.

Nurturing talent and potential with the right balance of experience could allow the Saints to operate in that gray area, which lies beneath the big clubs in terms of traction and finances. Shields joined City in 2013 and has risen from head of south scouting to academy director of recruitment.

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