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Ewan Chester

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Norwich Career: 2010-11, 2012-14 (Chief Scout) 2014-15 (Scout)
Current Club: Birmingham City (Football Consultant)
Date of Birth:  
Nationality: Scottish


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 David McNally.

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 here."

Chester said: “It was heartbreaking to leave Rangers, but Walter Smith persuaded me to accept and it’s an unbelievable deal. At City I won’t just be chief scout, I’ll be involved in all transfers in and out, so it offers security and a challenge.The last couple of seasons have been difficult, but you’ve 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


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