Kevan Wildes has been named as the new head of recruitment for the Chesterfield academy.
Wildes has a wealth of experience in youth football. The 52-year-old was Derby County’s Yorkshire regional scout last season and prior to that he spent four-and-a-half-years overseeing Newcastle United’s recruitment in Yorkshire. He also had a spell as Sheffield United’s Under-12 coach.
Wildes, who is the head of lower school and teaches PE at Newfield School in Sheffield, is delighted to have been handed a key role with the Spireites. He said: “I’ve been looking to get into this sort of role for a while and I want to help take the academy forward.
“My remit is to feed players into the youth team who will hopefully get into the first team. We need more home-grown players.”
Academy manager Mark Smith said: “I am pleased to have been able to appoint Kevan, who I think will prove to be a valuable addition to the academy staff. I have known him for a number of years and he has recommended players to me in the past.”