The New York Red Bulls filled a major void in their sporting department Thursday, announcing the signing of Paul Fernie as the club’s head scout.
Fernie was most recently the head of recruitment for SV Wehen Wiesbaden in Germany, where he oversaw all aspects of scouting and recruitment. He joins Natasha Patel, who was hired in October as the club’s head of performance analysis as the newest members of the expanding sporting staff.
”We’re pleased to add Paul to our staff,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “Paul has progressed through a variety of experiences in player analysis and scouting and has helped several clubs define their scouting profiles to better identify players that fit their distinct style and club philosophy. We’re excited to see how Paul can apply those skills here in New York and help us add talented players, from the professional ranks down through the academy.”
Fernie worked as a performance analyst at Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers before joining Blackburn Rovers as the head of performance analysis. Fernie then moved to Germany where he was part of a team that went from 16th in the 3.Liga to earning promotion to the 2.Bundesliga in 2018-19.
“I am delighted to be joining RBNY as the new head of scouting at what is an exciting time for the club heading into the 2020 season,” Fernie said. “It’s evident to see in my short time here already that everybody is hungry for success in what is a highly motivated and focused environment to be coming into. It’s my job ultimately to create and instill a scouting structure which enables us to recruit players of the highest ability, skillset and character to provide us with the best chance possible of achieving our collective aim of long-term success. We will be working extremely diligently in the coming weeks and months to make sure we obtain our targets for the upcoming transfer period and in turn build something with real longevity looking ahead into the future.”