Arsenal have added to their scouting network by recruiting Ian Broomfield after he resigned from his position at QPR.
Broomfield, who has previously been the key scouting figure at Leeds United, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Sp*rs was reportedly wanted back at White Hart Lane (he left when Villas-Boas took over), but opted to join Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff ahead of what the Mirror dubiously describe as ‘a massive summer spending spree.’
He’s set to join forces with chief scout Steve Rowley from tomorrow and will likely work closely with new Academy head Andries Jonker.
“The opportunity to work for Arsene Wenger at one of Europe’s top clubs, like Arsenal, was too good to turn down,” Broomfield is quoted as saying.
“I appreciated my time at QPR with Harry, but this is an exciting challenge which I’m looking forward to.”
After an injury-plagued playing career Broomfield spent more than a decade working for the Criminal Investigation Department working on over 30 murder cases. He began scouting in his spare time and has since amassed 25-years experience.
He also, according to this ten-year-old article in the Independent, once roomed with legendary Gunner Charlie George on England youth duty.