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Huge window so here’s the Rob Newman fact file

Moyes with head of recruitment Rob Newman

It’s the most important transfer window in years and certainly the biggest as far as our new head of recruitment Rob Newman – David Moyes ‘hand picked choice for the job – is concerned,

Since arriving from Manchester City after serving a spell of gardening leave the club last October just three new arrivals have joined the club – Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and loanee Alex Kral.

Those may well have been in the pipeline whilst he – as they say  got his feet under the table – and we will see the real fruits, hopefully, of his scouting work this summer.

We reported last night that we are apparently close to concluding a deal for Rennes central defender Nayaf Aguerd although presumable there are several more to come.

Given the importance of the window this summer and how little we know of the former Norwich player here’s our fact file on the per wiki.

As a player, he was a defender for Norwich City, played in the Scottish Premier League for Motherwell, and in the Football League with Bristol City, Wigan and Southend plus non league outfits Chelmsford City and Gorleston.

Following his retirement he had a short time spell at Southend before being appointed assistant manager  at Cambridge United in December 2004.

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Following Thompson’s departure from an unsuccessful spell which led to Cambridge’s relegation from the Football League, Newman was appointed manager in May 2005.

However, he was sacked following United’s 3–1 defeat by Exeter City on 1 September 2006 that left the club second-bottom of the Conference.

The following month, the new AFC Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond appointed Newman as his assistant. Newman also played for the Bournemouth reserves team. Most of the time, it was when Reserve Team Manager Eddie Howe played a youthful side to help stabilise the defence.

Occasionally, he was included in Bournemouth first team, being named a sub in the match against Carlisle after the team had only 14 fit first team players.

He made his Bournemouth début away to Bristol Rovers in a Football League Trophy South Section Area Second Round match, appearing as a substitute. Bournemouth went on to win the match 1–0. Newman was sacked along with Kevin Bond and Eddie Howe in September 2008.

Before joining the Hammers as recruitment chief he was involved at Manchester City although his title and responsibilities are unlisted and our own inquiries have been unable to establish it and them beyond him being in a scouting at some level.

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