Gary Worthington joins City scouting team
- Thu 24 Jun 2010, 2:56PM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Manchester City’s search for the best young footballing talent has been strengthened today by the appointment of Gary Worthington as Assistant Head of Player Recruitment.
After a playing career that took in spells with Darlington, Wigan, Exeter and finally Halifax, Gary moved into coaching and youth development.
Most recently he has been involved with the highly successful academies at Leeds United and Chelsea, and in his new role at City his main area of responsibility will to bring new players into the Club’s own youth system.
Gary has liked what he seen of the City Academy’s achievements from outside, and he is keen to build on that success by bringing the best young players to the club.
“It almost goes without saying that they have been successful and have produced some very good players,” he declares. “I had five years at Chelsea, and I think that where City are now is where Chelsea were five years ago in that the bar has been raised. Having players that are good players is now not good enough, and we have to find very good players to take the club to the next level.
“I’m very impressed with what I have already seen with the scouting department here. They have achieved a lot in the last 12 months and covered a lot of ground. They have made some fantastic contacts, not just in the UK but throughout Europe and elsewhere. If we continue to do that we will be in the market for the best players not just in the local area but in the world.
I’m really excited by the challenge here. I had five great years at Chelsea, it was a tough decision to leave but I do feel that it is as exciting here at City as it was at Chelsea when I started there. Things expanded and grew in my time there, and I wanted to be part of the same story at City.
Gary’s arrival comes after a season where four more products of the City Academy made their debuts for the first team, and he believes that Roberto Mancini’s willingness to give youth a chance will help him in his quest to attract the best young players to the club.
“The Manager has shown that he is unafraid to give the young boys a chance. Dedryck Boyata played in both legs of a semi-final against United, and it’s a testament to the manager that he was prepared to give the boys a chance. Hopefully that will continue with players of equal ability, if not better.”