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Hurst returns to the fold

After seeing a 30-year association with Pompey end, which saw former Pompey talent spotter Dave Hurst basically forced into retirement, the man that Hurst himself once spotted - and saw come to Pompey - has tempted him back.

Andy Awford has brought Hurst back to run youth recruitment.

Local talent, and making sure WE get them and not other clubs, is the first aim and then as we get this sorted we move 'further afield' again. Hurst told The News: ' I'm excited. It will be a challenge but we're up for it and I will be there as long as Andy wants me to help out.

'I've brought a few of the lads back and we will get this area right. As we progress, we will go further afield.

'One of the biggest criticisms is that nobody ever sees a Pompey scout at their games. That will change.

'There will be lads out there to find who could go on to make it with the right coaching and we will start finding some good young players.

'For the past year, we haven't had a scouting network and we've lost some young players to other clubs. We need to start competing.'

Hurst WILL NOT be paid for this job as he said he just wants to give something back to the club that he said has been good to him.

He also wants us to get back on track, doing so spending reasonable amounts of money and not the vast amounts that we had in recent years - money he felt, and I guess he is right, was wasted really: 'I stood down in 2006 as head of youth and then they spent absolute fortunes. You could run it for the next 15 years on that.

'But the club have made a great appointment with Andy - although I'm probably biased because I signed him!

'I don't want to take money out of the club - they have treated me well. It's just about helping to get things up and running again.'

Its a good appointment, it might only be a short-term things but even in the short-term, given Hurst's contacts, it 'should' do us a lot of good and at least get us back on track.

As for Awford, he had this to say about his former mentor: 'Dave has 30 years of experience, he is Pompey through and through and his record speaks for itself.

'Our youth recruitment needed addressing and Dave is the ideal man to do it.'

A positive step in the right direction?

For me it is.

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday February 3 2011

    Time: 5:10PM

    Your Comments

    Very positive and very pleased. At last a little love, experience and integrity is seaping into one area of the club. Youngsters are going to be our salvation (or at least a big part of it) so let's snap them up before they are lured by other teams. We've got to get off the short term fixes after our dropping out of the EPL, the club haven't got the cash and the only way to rebuild is from the bottom up.....slowly.
    cornypomp
    I see the appointment selection, not the re-establisment of the position, as a backward step. There was little or no youth development in the team during Hurst's time, drone on the Gary ONeil fans; not exactly a stains level turn out is it. I knew a few parents of kids in the youth set up there was rumours of various cliques and dodgy doings, made even by parents of the kids that were in the cliques.
    russellm
    Not rumours of cliques with youth development they were facts, I even know of a woman "who gave her all" to get her son in. Not saying it was with Mr Hurst or Mr Hardyman. But it was no surprise their were plenty of kids on the stains trains on a Saturday and Sunday.
    russellm
    This is really good news. Although now 68 you never lose the eye for a player and we have lost a lot up the road in recent years while we have concentrated on buying in foreign and some home talent. Smalley did not help much either!!
    eastneydave
    Didn't rate Smalley either, the whole thing needed Awford to tear it up and starting again.
    russellm
     

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