Reports from Burnley
at the end of May and from Norwich in mid-June suggested that
Norwich had appointed former Burnley Head of Recruitment Lee Darnborough
to the same role at Carrow Road. He had left Burnley following
their relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season
He was a teenage goalkeeper with Oldham and made the first team
bench on one occasion, but had to call time on his professional
player career after a serious wrist injury. Remaining in sport,
he gained a sports science degree at Leeds University and during
that time played part time for Garforth Town.
Having graduated he joined ProZone, the company that analyses
player performance for several clubs including Burnley. That was
in 2000 and he also had short spells working with Bolton and Aston
Villa before landing a job with West Brom in 2004.
For the first five years he was the Head of Performance Analysis
but in June 2009 was promoted to the position of Head of Technical
Recruitment. During his time at the Hawthorns he's worked for
Dan Ashworth, their Sporting Technical
Director, and for managers Bryan Robson, Gary
Megson, Tony Mowbray, Roberto Di Matteo, Roy Hodgson and Steve
His appointment at Burnley was sanctioned during the time Eddie
Howe was manager.
On 13th April 2017, Norwich confirmed the departure of Darnborough, along with Ricky Martin and Tony Spearing, with immediate effect as part of the club's restructuring following the appointment of new sporting director Stuart Webber. Confirming Darnbrough’s and Spearing’s immediate exit, a City statement says: “The club would like to thank both of them for their time at Norwich and wish them all the very best for the next challenges in their careers.”
On 20th June 2017, Hull City announced that Darnborough had joined them as their new Head of Recruitment, replacing previous chief scout Stan Ternent.