Manchester United appoint two new scouts as part of Jose Mourinho overhaul
MIRROR-Marcel Bout and Armand Benneker have both been given roles within the club’s new scouting set-up
Jose Mourinho has given Marcel Bout the role of Manchester United’s head of global scouting.
The 53-year-old, the only remaining member of Louis van Gaal’s backroom team, joined United in 2014 as the club’s opposition scout.
And new United boss Mourinho was so impressed by Bout that he decided to keep him on board following his arrival in Manchester,the Guardian report.
The other members of Van Gaal’s staff left the club in the off-season, with first-team coach Albert Stuivenberg, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and performance analyst Max Reckers leaving in May, and assistant boss Ryan Giggs quitting Old Trafford in July.
United requested Bout continue at the club, a situation he encountered at Bayern Munich when Van Gaal was sacked in 2011. He eventually left the five-times European Cup winners to link up with the Netherlands Under-21s in 2012.
Former Dundee United defender Armand Benneker has also joined United’s scouting network, which is in the process of an overhaul instigated by Mourinho.
Bout was spotted in the directors’ box during the Manchester derby last month and has been in attendance for every Old Trafford game since.
Benneker, 47, is based in Austria and was previously the first-team scout at Swiss club FC St. Gallen and spent six years of his playing career in the Netherlands.
Mourinho’s appointment coincided with the overhaul of United’s scouting network, sparked by the academy revamp, and it is understood one long-time French scout is being eased out.
It did not go unnoticed France have produced some fine wingers yet United signed Memphis (Anthony Martial was bought as a striker). Mourinho has already prioritised signing Antoine Griezmann next summer.