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Interview with Tommy Johnson: The Ins and Outs of Scouting

Our guest is ex-player and current scout Tommy Johnson. Johnson was a famous player representing Notts County, Aston Villa, Derby and Celtic in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Interview with scout Tommy Johnson

But today we will be speaking to him exclusively about his time as a scout. He got his break in scouting when he was U-23s coach at Northern Ireland.


He then was a European scout at Cardiff, before becoming the Head of Player Recruitment at Blackburn. Most recently he was a senior UK scout at Watford before there was a restructuring at the club and he was let go.


In this episode he'll discuss: scouting Gary Medel, how scouting differs amongst various clubs, how data has influenced scouting, the biggest challenges of the job and other insights into what the life of a scout is actually like.


Due to the high demand of the work, I will now be doing episodes bi-weekly, therefore every other week. This will ensure that I can spend more time making every episode as good as it can be. I do the show by myself and as of late I feel like I haven't been able to put in as much time as is necessary. So the next episode will come out on March 12th.


Listen Here:

Timeline:

5:08 Scouting Gary Medel

12:45 Scouting in Spain

21:22 How many times he sees a player before they're signed

28:05 How data has influenced scouting

31:30 Scouting department sizes

38:39 Day in the life of a scout

46:04 Networking

53:31 Defining characteristic for being a scout

59:08 Biggest challenge

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