The man credited with discovering Tomas Soucek for West Ham United has sadly passed away.
Soucek has been one of the best signings in West Ham’s modern history.
And an absolute steal at £18 million from Slavia Prague.
But sadly Robbie Cooke, the man who spotted the Hammer of the Year’s talents for David Moyes, has passed away.
The 64-year-old was a long term trusted advisor and friend of West Ham boss Moyes.
Cooke and Moyes became friends when sharing a dressing room at Cambridge United back in the 1980s.
Their working relationship in a football capacity dates back to his time as a part-time scout for Preston North End during Moyes’s tenure at Deepdale.
Cooke followed Moyes to Everton and Manchester United where he operated as chief scout.
Cooke then had a spell at Burnley before re-joining Moyes in the sale role at West Ham on his return to the Hammers.
“He is credited as being the first one to scout and recommend Tomas Soucek to West Ham,” state Claret and Hugh.
As a result Cooke’s legacy at West Ham will be one that lives long in the memory.
RIP Robbie Cooke from Hammers News.