Tottenham appoint Rob Mackenzie as Head of Player Identification

Rob Mackenzie moves to White Hart Lane (©GettyImages)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino strengthened his scouting department this week with the addition of Leicester City's Head of Technical Scouting, Rob Mackenzie.

The move follows the appointment of Paul Mitchell as Head of Recruitment and Analysis in November of last year.

Appointment

Mackenzie joins Tottenham after five and a half years at Leicester City, where he held a first team Performance Analysis role before being appointed Head of Technical Scouting. He was responsible for providing supplementary information to Head of Recruitment, Steve Walsh. He also higlighted and profiled European players and regularly observed games. He conducted both opposition match reports and individual player assessments.

His boss at Leicester Steve Walsh previously worked under José Mourinho - during his first spell at Chelsea - as Chief European Scout. He also worked with former Middlesbrough player Dave Mills. You can be sure that the experience around him in the office at Leicester's training ground will prove valuable in his new role at White Hart Lane.

Education

A well educated individual, Mackenzie has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science (Psychology) and a MSc in Psychology of Sport from Liverpool John Moores University. Recently, he completed a PhD in Performance Analysis in Professional Football at Loughborough University.

Mackenzie was the focus of Sky Sports' recent Science of Scouting series, where he covered various topics such as experience, youth, players abroad and agents in a series of nine articles.

The experienced scout now joins Tottenham Hotspur as of Head of Player Identification.

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