There has been a restructure of the football department at Brentford Football Club. Robert Rowan will move to the position of Technical Director, taking over day-to-day responsibility for the scouting operation. Robert will retain some of the duties associated with his previous position as Head of Football Operations, a role he had fulfilled since the summer of 2015. This will mean a change to the B Team management structure. With Robert moving away from his daily involvement with the group, B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor will take on a broader strategic role in driving forward the project.
Co-Directors of Football Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles conducted a broad review of the scouting structure following the departure of Head of Recruitment Andy Scott in November, interviewing a series of candidates with a view to taking over management of the department. After discussions with Robert, his role has been adjusted to cover Andy’s work and he starts the new post of Technical Director today, Thursday 1 February. He will continue to report to the Co-Directors of Football.
Phil said: “Ras and I took our time to conduct a review of the scouting department and conduct interviews because we knew there would be limited time for a Head of Recruitment to influence the January Transfer Window. We wanted to find ways to continually improve what we do as it’s such an important part of the Club.
“We had several very good conversations with Rob and realised it was possible to redesign his role to largely cover what Andy was doing. Therefore, we appointed him as Technical Director, which is a job title intended to reflect that Rob has a wider responsibility than just the scouting department, although that will be his main focus. For example, he will also act as a point of contact in our liaison with other clubs, arranging the pre-season programme, the B Team games programme and developing our loan network.
"Ras, Rob and I will be working together over the coming months to continue to evolve and adapt the scouting operation, building on the solid foundations left by Andy."
“Rob and the B Team staff have done a great job in the early phases of the B Team project and we are starting to see results in terms of player development. Kevin O'Connor will take over some wider responsibilities with the B Team, with ongoing assistance from Ras and I. The addition of our new Individual Development Coach Lars Friis will hopefully give Kev more time to dedicate to other things, and I think this will help him develop his role.
"On behalf of everyone at the Club I want to wish Rob well in this new position."