On 20th June 2008 in a press conference, Norwich manager Glenn
Roeder revealed that Barry Hunter had joined City's scouting
set-up covering Ireland. "We've completely re-jigged our
recruitment set-up here headed by Bryan Gunn
and one of the three major new scouts that will be working for
us is Barry Hunter who used to play for Northern Ireland and he'll
be a major player for us this year sourcing new talent."
Born in November 1968 in Coleraine, Barry's first club was Irish
side Crusaders for whom he made 100 appearances, scoring 15 goals,
between 1992 and 1993. The defender joined Wrexham in 1993 where
he made 91 appearances (4 goals) before moving to Reading for
£400,000 in 1996 where he spent five years. He played 84
times for the Royals. He had a loan spell with Southend in 1999
playing five matches for the Shrimpers scoring twice
In 2001, he joined Rushden & Diamonds where he made 112 appearances
(6 goals). He had two spells (2004, 2005-6) as the Diamonds' manager.
In 2006 on finishing his playing career in England, he joined
Portadown where he made 5 appearances.
He had a short spell as the caretaker-assistant manager at Swindon
Townin 2006 under Adrian Williams before they were replaced by
Paul Sturrock and Kevin Summerfield. He joined Blackburn Rovers
as a senior scout in 2006 before moving to a role with Norwich
in June 2008. He scouted with Manchester City from December 2008.
In June 2012, Hunter joined Liverpool as a scout and is currently Chief Scout.
He made 19 appearances for Northern Ireland, scoring twice.