Manchester United looking to appoint new London scout 'to find next David Beckham'… and here's qualifications you'll need to land job

Beckham is the most high-profile academy graduate from London to make the break at Old Trafford.

And now the club are recruiting a Regional Academy Scout for the London area on a casual basis.

Advertised on the Manchester United website, the scout will "make a valuable contribution to the Scouting Network, identifying and reporting on the most talented young players in your designated geographical area".

The role includes covering fixtures on a weekly basis, understanding United's recruitment strategy, following up leads to identify potential elite players and producing player reports.

United currently have a whopping 58 scouts across the globe to find potential stars after the strategy was changed from Sir Alex Ferguson's tight-knit set-up upon the legendary boss' retirement in 2013.

It is understood the new operation "is causing serious concern for Jose Mourinho, who wants a more streamlined operation" and who is said to be "perplexed at the scale of the department and privately argues the operation can be far more efficient".

There is an understanding at the club that the pool of talent in and around the capital is deep.

According to the Manchester Evening News, ten per cent of English players to have played in the Premier League this season are from South London.

Ryan Sessegnon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Emile Smith Rowe are all from the area, as is Bundesliga star Jadon Sancho – who was picked up by Watford and then Manchester City before moving to Borussia Dortmund last year.

But with 11 football league clubs in the area, Manchester United clearly felt they needed a presence there to find the next big thing.

Beckham was spotted playing for Ridgeway Rovers as a kid and after brief spells with Tottenham and Brimsdown Rovers, he signed schoolboy forms with United on his 14th birthday. That was way back in 1989.

Although the academy have produced plenty of fine talent over the years – with current stars Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira all developing in the youth set up at Carrington – the success from London is limited.

Kieran Richardson was the last Londoner to break through and make an impact in the first team.

He signed for the Red Devils from West Ham in 2001 and went on to make 41 Premier League appearances for United.

So, what qualifications are United looking for?

Well, just three, actually. A full driving licence is a necessity, as is a fully-enhanced DBS and up-to-date FA Safeguarding qualification.

But previous experience of scouting or recruitment at an academy is also needed, unfortunately.

The successful candidate must also be organised, work as a team, posses interpersonal skills, be flexible, have competent IT and presentation skills and would be required to be highly confidential.

But if you think you have what it takes you have until December 13 to get your application in.

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