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Chief Scout Appointed as Backroom Rebuild Continues

As Walsall manager Dean Keates continues to restructure his backroom team ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, the gaffer has confirmed the appointment of a Chief Scout, a position which had been vacant for several seasons.
Walsall-born Keates, who is preparing for his first full season as Saddlers manager, has confirmed that Gary Jenkins - former Senior Recruitment Officer at Crewe Alexandra - is now at the club as the gaffer continues to speak to former Saddlers players as he seeks to build a scouting system capable of keeping tabs on potential new recruits.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "The scouting network is coming along well. I have brought Gary Jenkins in as chief scout. He is local and knows what the club is about. And I’m in conversation with ex-players around the country so when I do have an interest in a player they can go and look at them. I get so many names put to me but I can’t watch all these players myself. But for me to have active people out there in this network it allows us to cover all bases.

"That is what I feel, as a club, we need to be doing. A lot of other clubs are doing it now and I think it’s vital so that we don’t miss out on players. The final decision on a player will always be mine but at least I know I have got people out there watching these players."

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