Premier League has confirmed on Wednesday that Manchester United’s chief scout, Jim Lawlor, and Marcel Bout, their head of global scouting, have both departed the club.
Lawlor was promoted to United’s chief scout in 2014, while Bout was a member of Louis van Gaal’s setup at the club from 2014 and continued on when the Dutch manager left.
Manchester United’s recruitment record has recently come under fire, sitting in sixth place in the Premier League rankings, 22 points behind leaders Liverpool, despite spending hundreds of millions of pounds on the current squad.
“Jim played a key role in the development of multiple trophy-winning Manchester United teams and was an important source of guidance to Sir Alex Ferguson and each of the managers who have followed him,” a United spokesperson said.
Lawlor and Bout’s departure came less than 24 hours after United’s heavy 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.
“Jim and Marcel leave the club with our warmest thanks for their significant contribution and our very best wishes for the future,” the United spokesperson added.
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