Chamberlain Gets the Call to Aid City's Push for the Premier

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Chamberlain Gets the Call to Aid City's Push for the Premier


Byline: DOMINIC BOOTH Football Writer dominic.booth@walesonline.co.uk

FOR many years, Cardiff City's transfer policy has appeared from the outside at least a little haphazard.

So, it's no surprise to see Neil Warnock stress attention to detail and value for money will be cornerstones of his summer transfer blueprint.

The Bluebirds boss wants to bolster his squad, both in terms of depth and quality, for a tilt at promotion next term. Cardiff have been threadbare at times this season, even if the current first XI - judging on the weekend's display against Ipswich Town - seems strong.

The man charged with finding the perfect players to ignite the promotion push is Glyn Chamberlain, an old friend of Warnock's and a former manager and assistant in his own right. But what is Chamberlain's background? And does he have the right credentials to seek out players capable of bolstering the Bluebirds? At 58, the chief scout is very much part of the old guard in footballing terms. He was a professional in the English top tiers during the 1970s and 80s and later carved out a career in non-league football.

After coming through the youth ranks at Burnley, Chamberlain played for Chesterfield, Kettering Town, Hyde United and Macclesfield Town as a defender.

Chamberlain also had a spell with Gainsborough Trinity - the first club Warnock managed back in the early 1980s.

He hung up his boots in 1987 and has since become a manager, coach and (very successful) scout.

The 58-year-old has had only brief dalliances with management, primarily in non-league, but has certainly been around the block.

He led Northern Premier side Newcastle Town from 1994 to 1999, before moving into the North West Counties Premier Division with Cheshire-based Congleton Town.

Chamberlain would return to management very briefly after two years as assistant boss at (then) League Two Macclesfield Town. He was Gary Simpson's No.2, but got a fleeting shot at the No.1 job - just as the Silkmen had plummeted into the National League, ending a 15-year stay in the Football League.

Chamberlain left Macclesfield just as Steve King - the man who masterminded that shock FA Cup 3rd round win over Cardiff in January 2013 - arrived as the new boss.

It triggered a return to scouting for Chamberlain; a field in which he had previously excelled during his nineyear absence from coaching.

Back in 2000, alongside his job as Congleton boss, Chamberlain worked as a scout at Fulham, eventually becoming full-time and working for six years at Craven Cottage alongside Jean Tigana and now-Wales manager Chris Coleman.

During Chamberlain's time with the Cottagers, a high proportion of French players were brought to the club - mainly because of Tigana's influence and the work of chief scout John Marshall.

Steed Malbranque, Sylvain Legwinski and Papa Bouba Diop were among the more successful signings from the French market in Chamberlain's time in west London. …

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