Blades boss's world-wide scouting job

KEVIN Blackwell's blueprint for the future continues to take shape as he considers overhauling Sheffield United's overseas scouting structure.

Blackwell, who returned from a five day fact finding mission to Brazil last night, believes foreign transfer markets have been under-exploited by his predecessors at Bramall Lane and could provide a rich source of talent in the future.

One possibility believed to be under consideration is the appointment of a global csar.

Responsibility for organising United's spying network was initially earmarked to fall under the jurisdiction of the club's new head of football but Blackwell and his staff could still press ahead if the vacancy is not filled shortly.

Leeds are unlikely to make a quick move for Luton Shelton if their manager Gary McAllister consolidates his interest in United's Jamaican international striker.

Reports claim that McAllister, whose team were beaten by Doncaster in last month's play-off final, is monitoring Shelton's situation following Blackwell's arrival.

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McAllister wants to increase the League One club's firepower with West Brom's Kevin Phillips, Sunderland's Andy Cole and Derek Riordan from Celtic all confirmed targets.

But like Blackwell he is in no hurry to start doing business.

"That is the calibre of player we are looking to bring in," McAllister said. "There's a wee bit behind all of those guys.

"The common denominator is the quality. Much as we'd like to get things done quickly it's not imperative."

Crystal Palace fitness coach Carl Serrant has moved to Bramall Lane. Former United manager Neil Warnock, now in charge at Palace, said: "I can confirm that Carl has left the club and will join United."


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