Swansea City Plan Shake-Up After Joel Piroe Dealmaker Moves On

Middlesbrough's Sol Bamba, challenged by Joel Piroe of Swansea City during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium on December 04. Pic: Getty Images

Swansea City Plan Shake-Up After Joel Piroe Dealmaker Moves On

By Paul Jones

Swansea City plan to shake up their player recruitment strategy with two new positions following the departure of Andy Scott.

The former Brentford head of recruitment and Watford sporting director has left his role as head of recruitment at the Swans.

The club insists Scott’s decision to move on after two-and-a-half years was mutual and they intend to replace him with two new roles “with a specific focus on player identification and player acquisition”.

“Andy joined in the summer of 2019 following the departure of Graham Potter in what was a transition period for the club,” said Swansea City chief executive Julian Winter.

“He has done a tremendous amount of good work during his time here and the decision has been reached amicably, while Andy has also expressed an interest in pursuing new opportunities.

“Good recruitment is fundamentally important for the football club, and with the January transfer window approaching we are in a position where we can press forward with our plans for both the short and long term.”

Scott, whose recent recruitment successes include strikers Joel Piroe and Jamal Lowe, said: “I believe that I leave the club with the squad in very good shape, with an excellent balance that has been built methodically and strategically over the last two years.

Andy Scott. Pic: SCFC

“To be part of the last two playoff seasons has been a pleasure and I’d like to thank my team of scouts and analysts for the outstanding work they’ve put in as well as all the support staff, particularly Ben Greenwood, Rebecca Gigg, Ashley Gill and Huw Lake.

“The squad has some exciting talent and the relatively small fees paid for players like Joel Piroe and Ryan Manning, for example, continue to prove that a good scouting process and plan is invaluable.

“I’ve loved my time at Swansea City; the club, city and people are fantastic but with the impending change in recruitment strategy I feel this is the right time to move on and look forward to the next stage of my career.”

Meanwhile, the Swan will face Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup.

They will host the Premier League Saints at the Swansea.com Stadium on the weekend of January 7-10.

The sides recently faced off in a pre-season friendly, but they have not met in a competitive fixture since May 2018 when a Southampton win in SA1 all-but sealed Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League.

The clubs have never met in the FA Cup before. The Swans reached the fifth round last term, while Southampton was beaten at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Leicester.

Cardiff City has also been handed a home draw. They will host Championship rivals Preston North End.

Draw in full:

Boreham Wood or St Albans v AFC Wimbledon

Yeovil Town v Bournemouth

Stoke City v Leyton Orient

Swansea City v Southampton

Chelsea v Chesterfield

Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town

Cardiff v Preston North End

Coventry City v Derby County

Burnley v Huddersfield

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton and Hove Albion

Kidderminster Harriers v Reading

Leicester City v Watford

Mansfield Town v Middlesbrough

Hartlepool United v Blackpool

Hull City v Everton

Bristol City v Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur v Morecambe

Millwall v Crystal Palace

Port Vale v Brentford

Swindon Town v Manchester City

Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town v Harrogate Town

Birmingham City v Plymouth Argyle

Manchester United v Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United

Newcastle United v Cambridge United

Barnsley v Ipswich Town or Barrow

Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers

West Ham United v Leeds United

Queens Park Rangers v Rotherham

Charlton Athletic v Norwich City

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

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