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Portsmouth set to finalise swoop for Forest Green Rovers man

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League One outfit Portsmouth are set to bring Forest Green Rovers director of football Richard Hughes to the club, according to TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook.

Hughes is set to occupy the same job at Fratton Park, with the south coast club having been on the lookout for an individual to oversee footballing operations following Roberto Gagliardi’s departure back in February.

A key part of the staff at The New Lawn, Hughes has been at Rovers since May 2018, when he swapped being the academy recruiter at Premier League stalwarts Everton to become Forest Green’s head of recruitment.

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After a year-and-a-half in that role, Hughes was then made the director of football at Rovers, a job which he has held since October 2019 and he’s been a key part behind the scenes in their League Two title-winning campaign this season.

Hughes was also a scout and recruitment analyst at Burnley and Wigan Athletic respectively earlier in his career and despite his current employers being in the same league as Pompey for the 2022-23 season, he is set to make the move to work with Danny Cowley.

The Verdict

Considering Gagliardi was a very divisive figure at Pompey, it was important that the club replaced him with someone who has somewhat of a decent track record.

And it looks like Hughes is very much an up and comer in the world of football – he’s certainly done a good job with Forest Green in terms of how they are run and the players that have arrived.

With experience at Premier League clubs as well in terms of scouting, Hughes will know what he’s doing when it comes to transfers and contracts if that is what his remit will be.

It will let Danny Cowley focus on coaching the team, although you’d imagine he will still be involved with recruitment somewhat, but this is a positive move for Portsmouth.


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