FORMER Sunderland boss Malcolm Crosby has been named as Birmingham City’s new chief scout – with the challenge of bolstering the squad ahead of the new season.
Crosby’s role comes after ex-Black Cats and Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark was appointed as the Blues’ new manager last month.
The 58-year-old, who managed Sunderland to the 1992 FA Cup Final, moves to Blues after a stint as head of recruitment at Oxford.
Crosby told Birmingham’s website: “We’ll be trying our best to bring some faces in as soon as we can because the squad is short, without a doubt.
“I think by the end of the month we’ll have additional bodies in but you have to be careful because we want to bring in a little bit of quality and pedigree.
“It’s important that when we bring people in they’re ready to play in the first team. I know it’s a big challenge but I’m looking forward to it.
“Lee gave me a call and asked if I’d be interested and I said I would but I spoke to Ewan Chester (Blues’ previous chief scout) first.
“He said what a fantastic club it was and he couldn’t have spoken more highly of the place. I know Ewan really well and once he said that I was keen to come.”