Robert Flanagan

Head of Recruitment & Scout

  • Date Joined: 20th May 2016
A highly experienced football professional with an exceptional background in player scouting and recruitment having successfully identified first team and academy talent that has been signed by elite clubs including Newcastle United, Norwich City, Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.

Combines this knowledge with a successful career as a football coach, applying lessons learned as a youth player for Arsenal FC and professional in Ireland to develop the next generation of talent, and in turn using this expertise to make more incisive and intelligent judgements on player potential.
Robert Flanagan

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: B Licence (Pending)

    UEFA
    B Licence (Pending)
    2017

  • Professional Football Scouts Association: PFSA Level 3

    Professional Football Scouts Association
    PFSA Level 3
    2015

  • Professional Football Scouts Association: PFSA Level 2

    Professional Football Scouts Association
    PFSA Level 2
    2015

Career History

  • Eastleigh FC

    Eastleigh FC
    First Team Recruitment & Analysis
    2015 – Present

  • Torquay United FC

    Torquay United FC
    First Team Recruitment & Analysis
    2015 – Present

  • Norwich City FC

    Norwich City FC
    Head of Youth Recruitment (Ireland)
    2012 – Present

  • Cheltenham Town FC

    Cheltenham Town FC
    First Team Recruitment Scout
    2015 – 2015

  • Doncaster Rovers FC

    Doncaster Rovers FC
    First Team Recruitment Scout
    2015 – 2015

  • Newcastle United FC

    Newcastle United FC
    Head of Youth Recruitment (Ireland)
    2010 – 2012

  • Swansea City AFC

    Swansea City AFC
    Freelance Scout
    2008 – 2010

  • Hull City AFC

    Hull City AFC
    Freelance Scout
    2008 – 2010

  • Aberdeen FC

    Aberdeen FC
    Freelance Scout
    2008 – 2010

  • Hamilton Academical FC

    Hamilton Academical FC
    Freelance Scout
    2008 – 2010

Key Achievements

  • Doncaster signed a number of personally recommended players including Andy Williams, Gary McKenzie, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Oscar Goben, Conor Grant and Keshi Anderson
  • Supplied a list of 48 Non-League transfer targets to Doncaster, of which 26 have now signed for clubs spanning from the Championship through to League Two
  • Worked directly with the NFLA (Non-League Footballers’ Association) to create a new scouting programme which specialises in the identification and analysis of Non-League football players to enable improved scouting within a largely untapped market
  • Recommended a number of players both domestically and internationally to Norwich and Newcastle that were either signed by the teams or recruited by other elite clubs

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