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2 July 2017, 07:22 | Updated: 2 July 2017, 10:24
Newcastle United has appointed former Under-21s scout, Steve Nickson, as the club's new Head of Recruitment.
It follows the departure of former chief scout Graham Carr last week.
The club says Nickson will work closely with manager Rafa Benitez and assumes responsibility for the organisation and management of player recruitment at all levels across the club.
Nickson, along with Rafa and managing director Lee Charnley, will evaluate all aspects of United's player recruitment function, including the processes and systems used for scouting players at all levels throughout the club to ensure Newcastle United is best positioned to achieve its targets in this and future seasons.
Manager Rafa Benitez said:
"I'd like to congratulate Steve and welcome him to his new role with the club.
"Steve has done an excellent job in the scouting department at Under-21s level and I am very confident that he will bring his many strengths to this new role, improving and building on our First Team recruitment strategy, as well as that at all levels throughout the club."