Sunderland have announced the arrival of Stuart Harvey as their new Head of Player Recruitment.
The Black Cats underwent a whole club restructure back in early December when the takeover of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus looked to be getting closer, with Kristjaan Speakman’s arrival as sporting director setting the wheels in motion.
When Louis-Dreyfus was confirmed as the new owner back in February, the club looked immediately to modernise with the arrival of a new Head of Analysis and Data to help bring them into the modern footballing world of statistics, and that happened with the appointment of James Young last month.
And now Harvey’s arrival means that the club have a direct person in charge of bringing players into the club and it allows Lee Johnson to focus on the coaching side of things.
Harvey is very experienced in footballing circles, having started out at Burnley and moving through their ranks to become Head of Academy Recruitment before moving to their biggest rivals Blackburn Rovers in 2015.
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Again Harvey rose through the ranks and in 2019 he became the man for all club recruitment at Ewood Park in January 2019, but he’s now swapped Lancashire for Wearside to become the man responsible for bringing in new Sunderland signings.
This is a positive step for Sunderland and Lee Johnson, who can focus on the results on the pitch whilst someone else deals with the incomings.
It could be a really important summer for the Black Cats – we still don’t know what league they’re going to be in next season but if they do get promoted to the Championship, then Harvey will be tasked with finding quality players to try and mount an immediate battle to get into the Premier League.
With Louis-Dreyfus’ riches and an apparent £60 million war chest available should it be needed, Harvey’s new job could be one of the most exciting in English football right now.