West Ham United manager David Moyes is eyeing a reunion with scout Mick Doherty, according to Glasgow World (via Claret & Hugh).
The Lowdown: Recent career
The scout most recently spent five years at Celtic, working briefly with Brendan Rodgers, but more closely with Neil Lennon and current boss Ange Postecoglou.
Having helped the Hoops revamp their scouting department, Doherty left Parkhead this summer after a successful stint at the club.
However, it now appears he may not be out of the game long, with the Hammers boss keen on bringing him to the London Stadium.
The Latest: Moyes’ reunion
As such, the Scotsman now wants Doherty to join him at Rush Green in a senior scouting role.
The two previously worked together at Everton and Sunderland to great effect, with Doherty credited for having spotted England international Jordan Pickford and midfielder Ross Barkley.
Claret & Hugh report the former Celtic man could be heading to the east London club in the coming weeks.
The Verdict: Need academy talent
Whilst captain Declan Rice is the prime example of a successful academy product, there aren’t too many other players involved in Moyes’ first-team who graduated from the side’s youth teams.
Alongside the skipper, Ben Johnson was the only other academy graduate to feature in the Irons’ squad for their 3-1 win over Fulham at the weekend.
Having been recognised as one of the most successful youth setups in English football, hence its nickname the Academy of Football, West Ham have not been producing the level of young talent at that the rate they have done before.
Therefore, Doherty’s appointment at Rush Green could be a great sign of getting the club back on track, with youngsters hoping to fight for a place in Moyes’ starting XI.
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