It has been rumoured tonight that Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has dispensed with the services of the club's entire scouting network.
Brought together by former manager Dougie Freedman in 2013, the members of staff who have left the club include Head of Analytical Development Brian Prestidge, Chief Scout David Sclanders, U21 Technical Scout Lee Sargeson and staff member Jay Blake. It is not known at this moment whether this mass redundancy campaign includes other members of the backroom staff.
The somewhat scattergun approach of Freedman that basically involved the loaning in of various wastrels and never-will-be types that saw the likes of Owen Garvan, Chris Herd and Steve de Ridder arrive at the Reebok has obviously not sat well with Lennon who has spoken lately of his desire to improve the quality at his disposal as he attempts to fire the Whites up the division.
More on this subject when we hear official confirmation.