COLERAINE man Barry Hunter looks set to link up with fellow Northern Irish man Brendan Rodgers as chief scout at Liverpool Football Club, writes Nichola Forgrave.
Barry (43) had previously been European Regional Scouting Manager with Premier League Champions Manchester City.
But it appears he has been head hunted to the Anfield club by newly appointed manager Rodgers, who he knows from their Reading days together.
On Friday morning, rumours of Hunter’s appointment was rife on the internet with a number of Liverpool FC fans forums and posters on Twitter reporting that the former Northern Ireland international was on the move.
It is understood that Dave Fallows, who was also a scout at Manchester City, will also join Liverpool to form part of the new technical team working with Rodgers after owners Fenway Sports Group shelved plans to appoint a sporting director.
Times Sport contacted Barry and Liverpool FC on Friday, however neither were able to comment on the appointment.
Last month The Coleraine Times spoke to the former Northern Ireland international following Manchester City’s championship success.
Success that the Coleraine man played a key part in, as many of Roberto Mancini’s team were brought to the Etihad by Hunter and his scouting staff.
A newspaper in Liverpool described the imminent appointments of Hunter and Fallows as a ‘major coup for Rodgers’ (below) as he looks to put the staff in place to help him realise his vision for the club.