Manchester United have agreed on a deal with two highly rated academy scouts from Manchester City to take over at Old Trafford. Telegraph report that the pair are on a gardening leave right now, and will join the Old Trafford outfit starting in January.
Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson were key members of the youth setup at Etihad, and their departure will be a major blow for Manchester City. Furthermore, the move strengthens City’s direct rivals, and that will hurt them. The move will be a blow for Pep Guardiola, a manager who has always worked tirelessly to improve and promote young talents.
Manchester City have one of the best youth scoring setups in the country right now, and Harrison and Tomlinson were instrumental in setting up that framework.
Manchester United have begun a massive overhaul of the club’s academy over the last few months after Ed Woodward suggested that the club needed improvements in youth scouting, recruitment, and coaching structures.
The report also adds that Manchester United are looking to poach two more Manchester City scouts in the near future. In order to protect these top quality assets, Manchester City have doubled the wages of their part-time scouts from £10,000 to £20,000 a year.
Dave Harrison worked at Manchester City since 2009, and will be overseeing the club’s recruitment drive from under-23 level down at Manchester United. Meanwhile, Tomlinson will assist Harrison with that process. Both the new recruitments will work alongside the former Ajax scout, Henny de Regt and academy head, Nicky Butt.