West Brom Appoint New Sporting & Technical Director
Tue 8th Jan 2013 | Football Club Management
West Bromwich Albion have appointed Richard Garlick as the club’s new Sporting & Technical Director (Designate).
The 36-year-old, who was promoted to the club’s Board as Legal Director/Secretary in December 2010, has been seconded to the role to succeed Dan Ashworth, who will leave this summer to become The Football Association’s new Director of Elite Development.
Garlick will now work closely with Ashworth during a handover period to ensure the club are prepared for the summer transfer window and will be responsible for the first team, player recruitment, medical services and Academy.
West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace is confident he can continue the progress Ashworth has made.
“This is an important appointment for the club,” said Peace.
“We decided to recruit an individual with a current working knowledge of the English game. Therefore we conducted an extensive search in the UK to benchmark all possible candidates to replace Dan.
“As the Sporting & Technical Director role is not yet firmly established in this country, the fact Dan’s notice period runs until the summer has given us the opportunity to research a wide range of people with a variety of footballing skill sets.
“We have had Richard in mind since the start of the process and after completing our research, he emerged as the strongest candidate.
“As with Dan when he was initially appointed five years ago, Richard already has an in-depth knowledge of the club, excellent relationships with the staff who will report to him and a clear understanding of how we operate.
“He will now work closely with Dan in a designate capacity with a view to taking on the role in a full capacity when Dan leaves to join The FA.”
A former trainee at Rotherham United between the ages of 14 and 18, Garlick missed out on a pro contract before opting for a career in the legal profession qualifying as a lawyer specialising in sporting disputes during his time with Clarke Willmott before joining Albion in May 2010, initially as Legal Counsel/Secretary.
“This is a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Garlick.
“Dan will be a hard act to follow but the role has become solidly established at the Club under his stewardship.
“I know what the job is all about as I’ve worked closely with Dan for the past two-and-a-half years.
“I’m sure Dan will be the first to admit that the success he has enjoyed would not have been possible without the support of the individuals within his departments.
“He has created an environment that has allowed each of his departments to flourish and this is something I aim to continue and, where possible, build upon.
“Steve Clarke has made an excellent start following his appointment as Head Coach and I aim to continue to provide a platform which enables him to succeed.”
Albion will now begin the process of recruiting a new Legal Counsel/Secretary.
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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