West Ham United made wholesale changes last summer and chief amongst them was the introduction of a director of football.

Supporters were revolting and calling for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to sell up.

In a bid to appease fans the Hammers pushed the boat out to bring in title-winning boss Manuel Pellegrini.

And as Sullivan stuck to his pledge to step back from player recruitment in came Pellegrini’s former talent spotter Mario Husillos.

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Husillos recruitment a refreshing change

The results were there for all to see last season.

Signings like Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson, Hammer of the Year Lukasz Fabianski and – until his injury – Andriy Yarmolenko have been superb.

Jack Wilshere too – if he can stay fit – could prove to be a top drawer signing while another freebie Ryan Fredericks started to show his ability towards the end of the campaign.

Husillos’s appointment has been fully vindicated.

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Air of mystery no airing laundry

But not much is known about the Hammers’ elusive transfer chief. Indeed the world famous sports image banks used by sports outlets doesn’t even have a picture of him on file.

Unlike other directors of football at rival Premier League clubs, Husillos keeps a very low profile.


He is rarely mentioned in club media updates. Meanwhile the likes of Marcel Brands of Everton are very much in the public eye.

It is proof that West Ham are finally getting things right off the pitch.

Gone are the days where every spit and cough from behind the scenes is aired over social media or in tedious interviews.

The club’s dirty linen is no longer aired in public.

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Brady revealed Husillos impact

Transfer speculation is another thing and an inevitability during the summer months.

But there is a real diligence about the way Husillos is restructuring West Ham from the bottom up behind the scenes.

Vice-chairman Karren Brady revealed in her column in The Sun back in February how Husillos has revamped the club’s recruitment.

Pellegrini is targeting six new signings this summer.

West Ham fans will be hoping Husillos’s work behind the scenes will bear more fruit this summer.

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