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GEORGE DIXON NAMED UNITED'S HEAD OF RECRUITMENT

12 August 2016

The Iron are pleased to announce George Dixon as the club's new Head of Recruitment.

The Head of Recruitment will be responsible for putting in place a robust scouting network and adding structure to the department using all of the latest analysis tools and scouting software. The role will encompass detailed opposition analysis as well as player/talent identification.

George has most recently been working at West Ham under the management of Sam Allardyce, and joins the Iron having turned down another job opportunity in the Premier League.

Speaking following his appointment, he said: "I'm over the moon.

"This is my next project going forward. I've joined a club which has a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer who are both very ambitious and a club with a very good young manager in Graham Alexander.

"I've only seen good things. The fans are the most important people in football and I was taken aback at how much Mr Swann thinks about the supporters and is building for the future and for the fans."

Always involved in football, he had spells at Hartlepool United and Carlisle United as a player before dropping to non-league and eventually looked at football in a different capacity.

"I did a bit of coaching and also managed at non-league level," he continued.

"Scouting was always my thing, though, and I've loved every minute of it. I've done it for many, many years and I have a lot of contacts and a network of people I know can do a job. I've worked all over Europe for Premier League clubs and have a brilliant wife who has been so understanding."

Our new appointment arrives after nearly a decade at Hartlepool and a further seven years at Darlington, along with a further decade under the now-England manager at both Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

"I'm a loyal person and I have always stayed at a club for a number of years," he stated.

"I wanted to come somewhere I could put my stamp on things. The club wants to be in the Championship, which is a top quality league, and that is our aim. Once we're there the aim will be to stay there and push forward."

Meanwhile, Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander reacted to the appointment stating that, following a high volume of applicants, a careful decision had to be made for such an important role.

The United boss believes the club have appointed the right man to head the scouting operation. It is a role he described as "a really important part of a progressive football club".

"He's done a bit of work for us during the last few weeks and his CV speaks for itself," said the Iron boss.

"He's worked with Sam Allardyce and various others over the years and has come highly recommended. I've had dealings with him over the last three or four weeks and he's been excellent and the work he's produced for us has been superb.

"It's great to have him on board and we need a structure in place for the good of the whole club and it's a really important part of a progressive football club to have a good scouting network in place. George's experience and knowledge will certainly help us in an area of the club which is vitally important.

"There were a massive number of applicants, as you'd expect - as it a very good job at a very good club."

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