Tony Mowbray has spoken at length in recent years about the club’s planned – and now implemented – European scouting system, and it is one that will benefit the club for years to come.
Before the former Middlesbrough and Coventry manager arrived at Ewood Park, the club had little in terms of a proper scouting system that would help them clearly and quickly identify players from a number of countries around Europe.
But, thanks to the work of Tony Mowbray and all the scouting staff – plus the investment from the owners – the system is now in place, and will help Rovers several times in the long run.
We’ve already seen it work with the acquisition of Thomas Kaminski. The Belgian had fallen out of favour at his former club Gent, and Rovers took the opportunity to snap him up for a measly fee of around £500k.
That fee has already turned out to be somewhat of a bargain, and although we are in the early days of Kaminski’s time at the club, he ranks up there with some of the best business that Mowbray has done as the Rovers manager.Embed from Getty Images
But, it’s not just the current manager that will benefit from the new system.
As Mowbray has alluded to previously at the bi-annual supporter meetings, each report will be stored in the system and will be able to be revisited in the coming months and years, and the infrastructure of the set-up will be in place in the future.
Whatever your opinion is on Tony Mowbray and where his future lies, he deserves respect and admiration for putting these changes in place that will help this club long after he departs.
The system, to put it plainly, could be vital in the club’s future and might be our pathway to the Premier League. Mowbray has spoken previously about his admiration for Brentford’s system, buying players from foreign leagues and selling them on for much higher fees, and this system will allow us to identify players who are available for smaller fees – just like Thomas Kaminski.
With all the rules surrounding financial fair play and the likes, buying low and selling high is the best way forward for Rovers to make a return to the top flight and to help recover the large debt owed to the owners, and this system should give us the chance to do that.
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