Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday February 2 2007
With the transfer window just this moment closed Martin O'Neill says he is already planning the next spending spree and wants to develop the scouting network
He told the official site: 'I think the work goes on all the time. Now, with the window over, there's nothing you can actually do until the end of the season. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't then be going out. We will take in games and we're developing the scouting system. Ian Storey-Moore is taking that in hand and we're looking to add an even more thoughtful approach to it in terms of continental scouting.'
'I think we're covering the British Isles pretty well at this minute, but in terms of the continental scouting, we'll have to look into that a little bit further. We cover a lot of games, but we might just have to have an even more thoughtful approach to it. People can recommend this, this and this, but eventually I've got to go and try to see the players playing. I've got a lot of faith in the system that we have here, but like anything else, we can improve it.'
'I couldn't specify where we'll be looking at this minute. I wouldn't want to narrow my thinking on it, but I have one or two reasonably set ideas.'
Should be an interesting summer, although you have to ask, what happened to the previous scouting network that we were told by the previous regime was second to none? Hmmm, don't bother, think I know the answer to that!
Date:Friday February 2 2007
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