Manchester United launch for City’s emerging recruiting specialist Stephen Ajewole – with poaching attempt raising fears that classified information could be given to arch rivals
- Stephen Ajewole has been drafted to be United’s new chief scout for the U15-18s
- City’s junior scout poaching attempt has raised concerns about recruitment
- There is an opinion from City that the move threatens scouting intelligence
- Sportsmail understands that the move was led by United’s head of youth recruitment
Manchester United have made an attempt to snatch arch-rival Stephen Ajewole, Manchester City’s up-and-coming recruiting specialist, a move that could jeopardize the Etihad club’s confidential scouting information.
Ajewole has been drafted by United to become their new chief scout for the under 15-18 year olds, a prospect who has expressed concerns about passing on classified recruitment information.
Sportsmail understands that the move was led by David Harrison, currently the head of youth recruitment at United.
Manchester United have made an effort to poach rivals City’s junior scout Stephen Ajewole
Harrison was previously head of European youth scouting at City before joining rival United in 2017.
Traditionally, United has been recognized as leaders in academy recruitment.
But City has invested huge sums in their scouting network over the past few seasons, hiring some of the best spies in the country.
The move has raised concerns that it could compromise confidential scouting information at City
Ajewole has been drafted by United to become their new head scout for the Under 15-18s
Indeed, City is now widely recognized as one of the best youth recruiting units in Europe, with the likes of National Youth Scouting Manager Sam Fagbemi, Chief Regional Scout Paul McLaren and Southern Youth Scouting Manager Carl Walker leading their network of spies.
For years, recruiters have gathered invaluable scouting information that has been at the center of academy manager Jason Wilcox who made City’s academy one of the most successful in Europe.
But there is an opinion from City that United’s move to Ajewole, a junior scout, threatens that intelligence.