Newcastle United's backroom team is growing again, with the club having now poached Brentford's "Lead Western Europe Scout" to become its new "First Team & Emerging Talent International Scout".
Hedy Hassine will now lend his talent-spotting skills to Newcastle from his home base in France. The scout recently took to LinkedIn to announce his big move:
"After two fantastic seasons with Brentford Football Club, I am proud to announce that I have just joined Newcastle United as first team and emerging talent international scout. I would like to sincerely thank the club for the trust. Newcastle United is a great institution of English and European football with an ambitious project and great people. We have an exciting Premier League and Champions League season ahead of us. Let's get to work."
Hassine was previously Brentford's "Lead France & Belgium Scout". His remit at Newcastle will include compiling detailed reports on targets, collating extensive references on potential signings, and producing monthly positional lists of talent for Newcastle United's senior recruitment team.
Since commencing his role as Newcastle United's Sporting Director last June, Dan Ashworth has conducted a "root and branch review" of the club's staffing and has been leading the charge to flesh out each and every backroom department.
Ashworth has completely overhauled NUFC's approach to scouting, with the superb "Training Ground Guru" (TGG) website recently giving this breakdown of the "position-specific model" now in place:
"The team will be headed up by Ciaran Hughes, who has joined from Manchester City as Lead Video Analyst. Hughes has joined from Manchester City, where he had worked for four years and was Performance Analyst for their Elite Development Squad.
Reporting into him are five Positional Analysts:
The position-specific team will report into Steve Nickson (Head of Recruitment) and Andy Howe (Head of First Team Technical Scouting), with Sporting Director Dan Ashworth overseeing the whole department."
Things have also been shaken up at the academy level, too, with TGG reporting that the overhaul of NUFC's academy recruitment staffing was completed early last month and sharing this finalised list of staff:
What a signing Dan Ashworth was by PIF, RB Sports & Media, and PCP Capital Partners, who have barely put a foot wrong when it comes to player and staff acquisitions in their ownership to date.