Nottingham Forest's new-look transfer recruitment set-up outlined

By Sarah Clapson

Chief executive Dane Murphy has revealed the recent behind-the-scenes restructuring at Nottingham Forest.

As well as an overhaul of the Reds dressing room during the summer transfer window - with 10 new signings added to Chris Hughton's squad - the club have made changes to their recruitment set-up.

Former Barnsley chief Murphy was officially unveiled in July as part of a new-look staff line-up off the pitch, with the hope of transforming the club’s fortunes on it.

A different philosophy was pursued, in terms of bringing players in, with data playing a key part, as well as generally targeting younger signings to bring the average age down.

“We are seeking a more data-driven and analytical approach to our recruitment,” Murphy said, speaking to the official matchday programme before Sunday’s clash with Cardiff City.

“The club has fine-tuned its technical departments over the summer to help deliver this strategy.

“George Syrianos has joined the club from Bundesliga side VFB Stuttgart as head of data and analytics recruitment.

“Conor Barrett is the club’s new recruitment operations manager.

“Chris Brass joined from Wigan as director of scouting/head of academy recruitment, and one of Chris’ important roles is to ensure we integrate and align academy and first-team recruitment.

“Elsewhere within the football operations, Taymour Roushdi has joined in the key role of head of football administration.

“The newcomers join Kyriakos Dourekas, our director of football, and Ed Henderson, the head of football operations.”

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