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Coronavirus forces top clubs across the country to lay off scouts

Scouts sacked! Coronavirus forces top clubs across the country – including Arsenal and Everton – to lay off talent-spotters as they look to cut costs amid financial troubles

  • Coronavirus crisis is causing financial struggle for most clubs across the country
  • Many, including Arsenal and Everton, have been forced to lay off scouting staff
  • Scouts are being denied access to youth level matches due to safety concerns 

The coronavirus crisis is threatening to decimate English football’s vast scouting industry.

Clubs across the country — including Arsenal and Everton — are laying off scouts who are being locked out of games.

Traditionally the network of hundreds of talent-spotters who are employed to unearth the next generation of top players ply their trade at reserve and Under 23 matches as well as attending big games in the top division. 

Arsenal released scout Brian McDermott and their heads of UK and international scouting

But biosecurity guidelines brought in to keep stadiums and training grounds free of Covid-19 mean many scouts and indeed…