Nottingham Forest Academy Manager Gary Brazil has been rewarded for his excellent work at the club with a new role as Director of Football Development.
Brazil, who has managed first team proceedings on three separate occasions (totalling 22 games in all) has been the main protagonist since 2012 (when he joined the Reds) that has seen, helped and nurtured an academy of talent that has grown and improved into what has become one of the best footballing schools of youngsters in the country.
Working with the likes of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, Oliver Burke and Matty Cash, Brazil has overseen a youth programme that has not only brought in millions of pounds in revenue for the club but has also produced a current crop of players that include Joe Worrall, Alex Mighten, Ryan Yates and Jordan Smith.
Brazil’s new role ensures he will be responsible for the Academy as well as domestic scouting and the clubs loan programme with a long term contract given to the former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder now aged 58.
With the club applying for Category One Academy Status, Brazil said upon agreeing his new role “Since the new ownership arrived at the club, their commitment to the further development of the academy has never waived. I’m delighted they have shown the faith in me to extend my contract and am excited for what the future holds.”
“The identification and talent development has now become central to the club’s football strategy, and I feel we can have a real influence in creating a philosophy which is built into the ethos of the club. The further development of the academy continues to be the club’s priority and an official application for category 1 status has been made recently. To achieve this would propel the club amongst the elite which can only benefit everyone connected to Nottingham Forest and the future talent development programme.”
The renewal of Brazil’s services comes as a positive statement following the controversial reign of the clubs head of international recruitment, Jose Anigo, which was only yesterday announced ended in June of this year. Anigo had been arrested in France during the summer and accused of extortion but is said to no longer have any ties with Nottingham Forest.
Finally in other news the club are said to have backed plans for Project Big Picture which will see the Premier League reduced in team numbers from 20 to 18 with the top nine clubs in the division receiving more voting rights but with better filtering of revenue down the football pyramid proposed.
*Main image @NFFC Gary Brazil has been with Nottingham Forest since 2012.