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Forest Green hire St Johnstone’s former head of recruitment Stevie Grieve

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After missing out on Cheltenham Town director of football Micky Moore, Forest Green have hired St Johnstone’s former head of recruitment Stevie Grieve.

Stepping into the big shoes of the former director of football Rich Hughes, who joined Portsmouth last month, the 35-year-old arrives at The Bolt New Lawn with an impressive CV. His most recent role was at Scottish Premiership St Johnstone, while he was head of analysis and opposition scouting at Dundee United between the summer of 2019 and 2021.

Grieve’s priority will be to support boss Ian Burchnall in preparation for the vital January transfer window, as well as reviewing and improving performance aspects behind the scenes.

In a change of job title to that of Hughes, Grieve has been named as head of performance & recruitment. He will oversee departments such as analysis and sports science, as well as aspects of the training ground environment – he will also have an input on the set-up and design of our upcoming training ground, at the site of Eco Park.

Upon his arrival at The Bolt New Lawn, Grieve said: “I am very excited by the opportunity to join FGR. I look forward to building an elite performance environment at the club – which will help us win as many games as possible both now and in the future.”

Chairman Dale Vince added: “We’ve taken our time in finding the right person, so that we could turn the adversity of losing a team member (via the improper approach of Portsmouth) into an advantage.

“Stevie will give us that, he’ll bring a significant improvement to our recruitment, use of data and performance focus. We’re excited to welcome Stevie to the team and look forward to working with him on this next phase of our journey.”

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