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Lansdown on recruitment policy

Posted: Wed 09 Jan 2013
Author: Adam Baker
Steve Lansdown

Majority shareholder Steve Lansdown

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Exclusive: Majority shareholder's Well Red column.

Steve Lansdown has revealed details about City’s long-term recruitment policy, with a major change in direction implemented.

The majority shareholder, writing in this Saturday’s Well Red match programme, says the new policy has been embraced by manager Derek McInnes.

And it should see the Robins signing players aged 24 and under more often than not, with older recruits becoming an exception, rather than the norm.

Lansdown writes: “It has always been the belief of chairman Keith Dawe and myself that we should be compiling a database of young players in all positions so that when we need to bring someone in, we already have a lot of information on them. 

“This can then be supplemented by scouting reports, building up a full picture of whether the player meets our particular criteria.

“This may seem basic stuff but you would be amazed at how difficult it is to implement. 

“The first challenge is to find a manager who embraces the idea, and we are fortunate in having Derek McInnes, who sees the benefit of having such background information available and recognises that it is a club asset.

rsz_steve_lansdown“In the past we have been plagued by a football hierarchy who want you to believe there is some form of black art to finding players and those secrets should never be shared. 

“I suspect it is a means of protecting their position and trying to show their importance, but I am pleased to say that recruitment policy at Bristol City Football Club has now moved into the 21st century.

“Under the guidance of managing director Jon Lansdown we now have two people working full time on compiling the statistics and information on players, while we are establishing a team of scouts around the country to watch these and report back. 

“The system still has some way to go but we are definitely moving in the right direction. As an investor I am delighted to see this and am happy to commit funds to it. 

“Therefore, what I expect to see in the future is us recruiting players who are under the age of 24. That is not to say we will not recruit older players, but they should be the exception rather than the norm.”

Lansdown adds: “Bristol City Football Club has undergone huge change over the last year or so and the establishment of a sound recruitment policy is one of them which has involved a huge amount of work.

“This is one of the pillars of the club's long-term strategy and over the second half of the season we will be reporting on the others.”

Read the full column in the 84-page Well Red programme for the visit of Leicester City to Ashton Gate this weekend, on sale for just £3.