Experienced Wolves scouts look set to join Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town
WELL-RESPECTED scouting duo Dave Bowman and Ian Evans look to be on their way to joining Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have today released statement on their official website confirming that chief scout Dave Bowman and European scout Ian ‘Taff’ Evans have left the club with immediate effect.
The duo moved to Molineux in 2006 soon after McCarthy’s arrival and formed a key part of his backroom staff throughout his near six-year time at the club.
Former QPR and Crystal Palace player defender Evans spents five years as No.2 to Steve Coppell at Selhurst Park before going on to manage Swansea for in the 1989/90 season. He became McCarthy’s assistant during his time as Republic of Ireland boss, helping the team qualify for the 2002 World Cup, and subsequently followed him to both Sunderland and Wolves.
With Wolves’ new Norwegian boss Stale Solbakken turning to the continent for signings this summer, Bowman said last month: “We had a policy at the club of trying to recruit young and hungry footballers.
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“That was the aim when we first came into the club with the recruitment of players like Matt Jarvis, Stephen Ward and Michael Kightly, as well as spending more on people like Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher, who moved on this summer for a much bigger fee than we paid for him.
“We won’t be losing track of that because there are still some gems out there on the British market, in the lower leagues, especially the Under-21 league.
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“We will scour those leagues as well as the Football League and non-league trying to find some bargains which can be developed into footballers to help us.”
And just last month, former Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell admitted the Blues’ scouting network was thin on the ground.
Town’s full-time scouting system currently comprises of chief scout Steve McCall, Dave Hamilton and Mark Seagreaves. Former Everton man Andy King was appointed last November to join them, but he quickly took up the role of assistant manager to Aidy Boothroyd at League Two club Northampton Town.
Former Luton and England man Mick Harford was then set to replace King, but he was given the chance to replace one-time Town coach John Gorman as Karl Robinson’s assistant at League One side MK Dons.
“We’ve got three full-time scouts at the moment and we’ve got three or four part-time,” said Jewell, last month. “It’s an area which you’re always trying to improve but at the moment we’re just going to stick with what we’ve got.”
Speaking of the departures of Bowman and Evans, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: “We would like to thank Dave and Taff for all the work they have done for us during the last six years.
“We have enjoyed some great successes together and we wish them all the very best for the future.”
Jewell’s former assistant Chris Hutchings has already left the club and been replaced by McCarthy’s former Wolves No.2 Terry Connor. The new Blues boss says he has not spoken to Matt Holland regarding a coaching role and is yet to decide on the futures of Mark Kennedy and Sean McCarthy.