Ewan Chester joined Norwich at the end of May 2010 to become
their new Chief Scout.
Chester was previously at Rangers where he spent over 20 years,
having arrived at Ibrox in a dual coach/scout role back in 1987
after a brief spell with Oldham Athletic. He said "said:
When I started working for Rangers under Graeme Souness
we were the biggest club in Britain.
We signed Trevor Steven and Gary Stevens from Everton,
who were English champions. Plus we signed Terry Butcher when
Manchester United wanted him back then we were able to
offer him more money than United.
In 2004 he left Glasgow to join fellow SPL side Livingston, but
was only there for six months before joining Fulham to help reconstruct
their scouting department, where he met City's Chief Executive
However, in May 2007, Chester returned to Glasgow with Walter
Smith where he has been responsible for their extensive network
of scouts around Europe.
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert told
the club's official website: "Ewan is a top, top scout
and he will be a first-class addition to our team here at Norwich
City. He's got excellent experience and connections throughout
Britain and Europe, which will be a really major plus for us as
we continue to identify the players we want to be part of things
Chester said: It was heartbreaking to leave Rangers,
but Walter Smith persuaded me to accept and its an unbelievable
deal. At City I wont just be chief scout, Ill be involved
in all transfers in and out, so it offers security and a challenge.The
last couple of seasons have been difficult, but youve got
to keep doing the job and just hope that something changes, that
someone comes in and buys the club and provides you with a budget."
In June 2011, it was announced that Chester would be leaving
Norwich on 31st August 2011 for a new role in international recruitment.
In early Jy 2011, it was reported that this role would be with
Chelsea. New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is understood to be
taking on two new scouts as part of his backroom team, bringing
in Chester for a leading role, along with former Wimbledon talent-spotter
Roger Smith. Instead Chelsea appointed Fulham's Scott McLachlan
to a newly-created position as head of international scouts. Chelsea
also elevated Mick Doherty, from a position monitoring the under
20s for Everton, to a role as Chelsea's European scout and given
Alfie Apps a £75,000 per year position in his department.
Apps had intermixed periods scouting for West Ham United and Aston
Villa with work as an unlicensed agent.
Chester then linked up with Chris Hughton
to become Birmingham City's Chief Scout at the beginning of September
2011. He returned to Norwich as part of Hughton's backroom team
when Hughton became Norwich manager in June 2012
Norwich announced on 28th May 2014 that Chester would be leaving
the Canaries following their relegation into the Premiership due
to "personal reasons". He actually remained scouting
for the Canaries until 31st January 2015.
Chester teamed up again with Hughton in early February 2015 when
he joined the backroom team at Brighton and Hove Albion. On 1st June 2016, he moved back to Birmingham City as a football consultant