Skip to main content

The Crosby Show

Posted: Fri 06 Jul 2012

Image by:

Lee Clark adds Malcolm Crosby to his backroom team

Lee Clark has made a key addition to his backroom staff with the appointment of Malcolm Crosby as chief scout.

Crosby has wealth of experience in the game and is probably best known to the wider footballing community for spells as manager at Sunderland and Oxford.

More recently the 58-year-old was head of recruitment at Oxford United.

"I've been in football all of my career," Crosby told

"I did scouting last year, but obviously when you're in management and coaching you're out scouting all the time anyway.

"I know known Lee (Clark), Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley for a lot of years through them being at Newcastle when I was at Sunderland. I also worked with Derek while he was working for England with Kevin Keegan and and I did a bit of scouting for them in Euro 2000.

"Lee gave me a call and asked if I'd be interested and I said I would but I spoke to Ewan Chester (Blues' previous chief scout) first.

"He said what a fantastic club it was and how everybody in the club was great and he couldn't have spoken more highly of the place. I know Ewan really well and once he said that I was keen to come."

With the Blues first team squad being relatively light on numbers, Crosby says that bringing in players over the coming weeks is a priority.

But he says it is important that they are of the right quality.

"We have got a lot of contacts in the game - not just me, but Lee, Terry and Derek and we'll be trying our best to bring some faces in as soon as we can because the squad is short without a doubt," he said.

"I think by the end of the month we'll have additional bodies in but you have to be careful because we want to bring in a little bit of quality and pedigree.

"It's important that when we bring people in they're ready to play in the first team. I know it's a big challenge but I'm looking forward to it."