Bristol news The unseen figure at the heart of Bristol City's summer transfer recruitment PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Sean Gilhespy is currently presiding over the club's recruitment as new appointments made.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! As we consider the legacy of Mark Ashton at Bristol City, it's apparent that few key senior people have remained at the club over the last six years - from the Steve Cotterill era right through the Lee Johnson years to now under Nigel Pearson. Brian Tinnion, Scott Murray and equipment manager Phil Tart are three, but City supporters may not know so much about a fourth (see the picture above and how many backroom staff remain at Ashton Gate). One such club servant is Sean Gilhespy, one of the last men standing in Bristol City's recruitment team after head scout Adam Griffin left during this season, following Sam Stanton - who helped with linking the club's playing philosophy into the recruitment process - leaving last summer, and that after head scout Mervyn Day departed in 2019. Read More Related Articles Bristol City transfer news and rumours live: Midfielder battle latest, retained list due Recruitment specialist Gilhespy has carved out a role in the transfer operations at the club and has impressed sufficiently in helping City to identify targets over the last years, with the head coach - now manager - always having the final say on who came in and out at the club. He has risen to the position of head of technical recruitment over the years, and he is now playing a pivotal role with CEO Mark Ashton leaving for Ipswich Town and head of football operations Luke Werhun to join him in the near future. Bristol Live understands that Gilhespy is handling all recruitment enquiries and offers currently while the club looks to add further backroom staff. Players are being offered to the club for this summer, with enquiries handed in at Gilhespy's door, including a Premier League striker in recent days. Read More Related Articles Kalas commands, praise for Wells, Diedhiou disappoints - Bristol City season player ratings Read More Related Articles Ipswich Town to make another Bristol City-related appointment ahead of Mark Ashton's arrival Gilhespy, who went to Gordano School and is an avid golfer, was nicknamed 'closet' in jest by one former Bristol City manager, as his role was office based, but the current recruitment chief is not always in the plush new offices at the Robins High Performance Centre, where the club have built top-of-the-range video facilities. He also travels to some games and, for example, was in attendance at the Vale Hotel in South Wales as the club took on Aston Villa last summer, a match that Nathan Baker was injured in and which ruled out the centre-back for much of the campaign. "Sean's been at the club a long time and is Bristol City through and through. He's very loyal to the club," one senior Bristol City official told Bristol Live. Read More Related Articles Exclusive: Mark Ashton opens the door into Bristol City's recruitment operation and January transfer plans "He's really grown and developed in that role, and he's become top drawer at what he does.
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. The Robins also employ three recruitment analysts in Chester Perks, Simon Cozens and Dan Calcot, who use various software and video analytics to track transfer targets, to be combined with scouting them in real life. Bristol City are also weighing up bringing in more senior help, however. And a final decision is yet to be made on whether to bring in a new head of recruitment or director of football, alongside the new CEO, with talks underway on who may replace Ashton. While City take time to become fully operational this summer, the knock-on effect is that the club are falling behind other sides who know who they want and have people in position ready to conduct negotiations and complete deals when the transfer window opens.
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Externally there are concerns that City are being left behind due to a lack of clear organisation and staff at the club. The appointment of a new CEO and staff can't come soon enough, though the club would argue that despite an exhaustive six-week recruitment drive before Dean Holden was officially appointed, the Robins were not hampered in their transfers then, bringing in most of their top targets for the window. "You look to fill the gaps and the best way to do that. We operate in a way where we have a recruitment model and I don't think it's a safe place anywhere where you have one person who dictates everything," explained Jon Lansdown on the systems in place at the club recently. "But at the same time you're never going to sign someone that the manager doesn't want because what's the point. It goes back to the collective responsibility. We will look to replace with something that best fits with what we've got," the club chairman added.
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