Andy Scott has left his role as Brentford FC Head of Recruitment to take up a role at Premier League Watford. The 45-year-old has accepted a job at the Premier League club and will leave Brentford to take up that position on Monday, 13 November. The final details were agreed late yesterday. It brings to an end a long association with The Bees for Andy that has seen him take on a variety of roles.
Andy first joined as a player in 1997 and spent almost four years at Griffin Park, helping The Bees win promotion from the fourth tier in 1999, before leaving for Oxford United. He was forced to retire in 2005 when he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and moved in to coaching. He then came back to Brentford as Assistant Manager in 2007 and stepped up to the managerial role towards the end of that year.
Andy led The Bees to promotion, again from the fourth tier, in his first full season as boss and was at the helm when Brentford reached the League Cup Fourth Round in 2010, only the second time the Club has ever got to the last 16 of that competition. He left in 2011 and had spells managing Rotherham United and Aldershot Town. Andy was involved with the Club’s scouting from early 2015 as part of his work for Smartodds - a company owned by Brentford Owner Matthew Benham which provides statistical sports modelling services.
In the summer of 2016 he took on the role of Chief Scout and has worked closely with the Club’s Directors of Football – Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen, Head Coach Dean Smith and Head of Football Operations Robert Rowan on recruitment for the Brentford First Team and B Team. He set up a new recruitment department at the Club and has headed that department for the past 16 months. That work attracted the interest of Watford and Andy has moved in to the Premier League.
Phil Giles said: "I'd like to thank Andy for his hard work over the last few years as part of our recruitment team. I believe we have made some good signings in recent transfer windows and Andy has played a strong part in that.
“As always, when a member of staff moves on it provides us with an opportunity to review how we do things and hopefully make the off-pitch team stronger in the process. We will take our time to consider how best to replace Andy. In the meantime, we will share his responsibilities among the remaining staff members and continue as usual.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, I wish Andy well in his new role at Watford."