West Ham boss David Moyes has made an admission about scouting players ahead of the January transfer window that makes us wonder about the job being done by Rob Newman.
Newman left his role as a scout at Manchester City to take over as the Hammers’ new Head of Recruitment earlier this year.
The 58-year-old is very highly regarded within the game. The work that he did at Man City was hugely impressive and when he rocked up at the London Stadium, the West Ham fans were very excited about the club’s future transfer business.
With the January window just around the corner, the Hammers have already been linked with a plethora of players from all over the world.
Is it Newman or Moyes pulling the strings though?
David Moyes admission leaves question mark hanging over Rob Newman
The former Man City scout was brought in to help guide West Ham into a new era of player recruitment.
It’s still early days of course and January will be the first transfer window where the Hammers Head of Recruitment will be put to the test.
Moyes suggested to the Evening Standard that he is in fact the one doing the scouting, however:
“I’ve said right from the start if football was only about money it would be no good, and I hope it’s not that way, because we have to have young players who come up through the Championship. If everyone could go buying the best players in the world, I don’t really see that. Some teams might do that. I don’t think West Ham will do it that way. We have made big strides. The job now is to see if we can keep up with the Jones’. I am there, scouting around to see what players we can get to make a difference.”
Now, that might have just been a figure of speech.
There’s also nothing to say that Newman isn’t working right alongside Moyes. In fact, we hope that is exactly what is happening.
In an ideal world, Moyes would have sat down with Newman and shared his footballing philosophy and tactical ideals.
The West Ham Head of Recruitment should then be identifying and scouting players who fit into Moyes’s preferred playing style and system.
Whether that is happening is unclear.
Moyes’s admission about scouting players may well have been completely innocuous. Let’s hope that both he and Newman are working in tandem. Because if they’re not, it makes you wonder why he was poached from Man City in the first place.