FGR Media
Friday 18 May 2018

Manager Mark Cooper is pleased to see the infrastructure at Forest Green Rovers continuing to grow following the appointment of new head of recruitment Richard Hughes.

Following the club’s historic promotion to the Football League this time last year, a lot of work has gone in both on and off the pitch to move the club forward.

The club recognised that there was room for improvement on the transfer business done last summer and while it was addressed during the January window with the addition of 10 players, further work was already going on behind the scenes with the new recruitment role created.

Until now Cooper has been responsible for all transfer business, alongside support from club analysts, and while he will still ultimately have the final say on all deals he welcomes the arrival of Hughes to help share the load.

“It’s difficult when you are a manager to watch every game that is being played as well as coach the team, manage the team, do deals with agents, it’s impossible now in the modern game,” he said.

“It takes a lot of pressure off me in terms of having to do scouting, doing deals.

“It’s another pair of eyes and it is like having a player database. Richard has seen a lot of players and is going to be a big help for us.”

With the retained list coming out last week, work has already begun on building the squad for next season, with Cooper keen to get a large proportion of his work done before the team return for pre-season in July.

The New Lawn boss believes that Hughes will play a key role in ensuring this can happen and is not underestimating the importance of the new position.

“We’re now identifying targets, seeing who is available and trying to pick through it to get the best players in we can,” he added.

“I think we are slowly but surely getting that infrastructure right from the bottom to the top and trying to move the club forward in a really professional manner.

“This appointment is key.

“If you look at all the successful clubs, the recruitment is spot on and that is something that we have not done brilliantly this year and I’m sure Rich will help us get better with that.”