James Wallace is Preston’s new chief scout after North End confirmed the arrival of the Fleetwood Town man this evening.
North End fans are hoping for new signings in the near future but striking those deals requires a strong recruitment staff.
Ryan Lowe has been keen to overhaul Preston’s recruitment approach, starting with bringing analytics experts MRKT Insights onboard.
Lowe has also repurposed analyst James Beet into a loan and pathways manager.
The hope is that Preston will be more efficient in the transfer market and another move has been made today.
James Wallace is Preston’s new chief scout
Preston have confirmed the arrival of James Wallace, appointing him as the club’s new chief scout.
Wallace departs a similar role at Fleetwood Town, heading from the Fylde Coast to Deepdale.
Wallace is only 30 but has been in this scouting role for more than two years now.
Formerly of Everton, Wallace was a tenacious midfielder in his playing days and turned out for the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United.
Injuries were a problem through Wallace’s career and he decided to call it a day back in 2019.
This appears to be another move with Lowe at the heart of it given that he played alongside Wallace at Tranmere.
The pair hail from Liverpool and it’s clear that Lowe trusts Wallace in a scouting capacity.
Lucas worked with Lowe at Bury and Plymouth Argyle, with the Preston boss adding two of ‘his men’ this week.
That’s a great show of backing for Lowe, who is being trusted to bring in the right men at North End both to his coaching staff and the recruitment team.