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Lee optimistic of success

1 July 2015

Lee Turnbull, United's recently appointed Head of Recruitment and Scouting, has echoed the sentiments of manager Nigel Adkins by admitting the Blades must be targeting promotion from League One during the forthcoming 2015/16 campaign.


Turnbull, formerly Chief Scout at divisional rivals Scunthorpe United, where he enjoyed an excellent working partnership with Adkins, was officially unveiled as part of the Blades manager's backroom staff last week, but he was keen to reveal more about his impending role and the responsibilities that come with it.


The 47-year-old remarked:‚Äč "The traditional scouting network used by clubs in recent years has evolved over the last decade and I am looking forward to this new challenge.


"The target is promotion, Nigel has already spoken about his desire to achieve that as quickly as possible and having worked with this group of staff before then hopefully we can be successful together again at Sheffield United.


"The times have moved on, technology has developed a lot and you no longer just sign players off your doorstep.


"Personally I have travelled extensively across Europe as well as throughout the UK and Ireland searching for talent and building up a strong contact network both at home and abroad.


"The software available enables a lot more of an analytical and statistical approach and you have a due diligence to reduce the risk when signing players by doing a greater amount of research."


Looking ahead, Turnbull, a striker during his playing days, added: "You have to make sure the profile of a player fits within the club's budget and also the requirements of the manager, it is a very strategic process in many respects.


"We are aware of the market in the UK, particularly in the lower leagues and into non-league, but we also have a good number of contacts across Europe, in places like France, Spain, Holland and Scandinavia.


"We are mindful of where the Club wants to be, but to start with it is small steps. Personally I am very excited to be joining the Blades and working with Nigel again.


"I was his first client when he was Physio at Scunthorpe, as I was a player at the time and from that day we have remained good friends and enjoyed a very productive working relationship too and that was a decisive factor in me coming here."


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