West Ham United have this afternoon officially unveiled Rob Newman as the club’s new head of recruitment.
As reported by the likes of The Athletic, Newman has finally started his new role at West Ham after serving out a period of gardening leave enforced on him by former club Manchester City.
In effect, Newman replaces co-owner David Sullivan, who has been acting as the club’s de facto director of football since the departure of Mario Husillos.
Now Newman has been officially unveiled by West Ham.
And he has made a vow to help West Ham sign the right players to continue the club’s amazing progression under David Moyes.
“I’m really pleased to be here and coming in at a great time, especially after what’s been a fantastic start for the club this season,” Newman said in a statement.
“In the last window alone, West Ham brought in four international players, coming to the Club because they’ve seen how well everything is going.
“They’ve seen what a great Club it is and what an even greater Club it could become. Hopefully I can be part of that process now. I’m going to give it 100 per cent.
“The most important thing is you can’t just bring players in who you think ‘he’s a great player for that team, he’s automatically going to make us a great team’ – that’s not how it works, because there are different players, different teams play different ways, different managers have different styles, so we’ve got to do it in a way that’s the best for West Ham United.
“Again, that’s down to the department’s due diligence on players not only on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. You have to bring [not only] good footballers in, but also good characters as well.”
Joint-owners Sullivan and David Gold added: “We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Rob to West Ham United and wish him every success in his new role, which leads the restructuring of our football recruitment and scouting department.
“As a Club, we have conducted a very thorough and comprehensive search for the person we all believed was right to lead in this vital role – someone we feel will fit in perfectly and shares our united vision to ensure we continue to build on the strong progress we have made.”
Moyes is equally delighted by West Ham’s new arrival, adding: “I am delighted to welcome Rob to West Ham United and look forward to working closely with him as we continue to restructure and enhance our recruitment and scouting department.
“Rob has fantastic experience and a wonderful pedigree in the game. He has rightly earned a lot of recognition for his excellent work at Manchester City and we are very pleased that he has chosen to take up this exciting new challenge here at West Ham.
“We have made some good strides forward with our player recruitment process but we want to continue improving and getting better and Rob’s arrival will help us to achieve that.”
Ever since Moyes returned to West Ham for a second spell last year, the Scot has maintained he wanted to rebuild the club around young, hungry, robust and athletic talent.
And it has certainly worked.
West Ham fans have understandably been excited by the arrival of Newman given he has been poached from Man City.