Manchester United launch swoop for City’s emerging recruitment specialist Stephen Ajewole – with attempted poach sparking fears secret information may be given to arch rivals
- Stephen Ajewole has been lined up to be United’s new lead scout for the U15-18s
- The attempted poach of City’s junior scout has sparked recruitment concerns
- There is a view from City that the move leaves scouting intelligence under threat
- Sportsmail understands the move was led by United’s head of youth recruitment
Manchester United have launched an attempt to poach arch rivals Manchester City’s emerging recruitment specialist Stephen Ajewole, a move that could compromise the Etihad club’s confidential scouting intelligence.
Ajewole has been lined up by United to become their new lead scout for the Under 15-18s, a prospect that has raised concerns with regards to secret recruitment information being passed on.
Sportsmail understands the move was led by David Harrison, who is currently United’s head of youth recruitment.
Manchester United have launched a swoop to poach rivals City’s junior scout Stephen Ajewole
Harrison was previously head of European youth scouting with City before joining rivals United in 2017.
Traditionally United are recognised as leaders in academy recruitment.
But City have invested huge amounts in their scouting network in recent seasons and employed some of the country’s top spies in the process.
The move has sparked fears that it may compromise confidential scouting intelligence at City
Indeed, City are now widely recognised as having one of the best youth recruitment departments in Europe, with the likes of national youth scouting manager Sam Fagbemi, head regional scout Paul McLaren and southern youth scouting manager Carl Walker leading their network of spies.
Recruitment staff have compiled years of invaluable scouting information which has been central to academy manager Jason Wilcox establishing City’s academy as one of the most successful in Europe.
But there is a view from City that United’s move for Ajewole, a junior scout, leaves that intelligence under threat.