New Pulis signing quit Celtic for S6 and played in Sheffield United's worst-ever side
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New Pulis signing quit Celtic for S6 and played in Sheffield United's worst-ever side

Sheffield Wednesday have hired the Celtic scout Mike Trusson as their new assistant manager.

Trusson becomes the second new addition to Tony Pulis’s coaching team, after Craig Gardner.

But his name is unlikely to be familiar with too many of an Owls persuasion.

So what do we know?

Before being asked to scour the continent for Celtic – where he was reunited with his colleague, Nicky Hammond – Trusson was employed as the senior/European scout at West Bromwich Albion and the senior scout at both Stoke City and Portsmouth, working alongside Pulis at all three clubs.


As a player, Trusson was part of the Sheffield United side demoted to the old Fourth Division in 1981, but played an integral role in the Blades’ promotion the following year. He also represented another of Wednesday’s local rivals, Rotherham, as a midfielder.

Pulis signed Trusson for Bournemouth at the start of his managerial career, but the now 61-year-old failed to make an appearance for the Cherries. He later became a youth- and first-team coach at Dean Court.

What has Pulis said? “I have known and worked with Mike for over 30 years,” the Owls boss is quoted by Trusson’s personal website. “I would highly recommend Mike as a genuine, football man and scout. He has great knowledge of the game and ability to spot talent.”

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And what about Trusson? “I’m delighted and massively looking forward to it, it’s a great challenge,” he told the official Wednesday website.

“I’ve known Tony for a long time, we played against each other as players and got to know each other through kicking each other really!

“We both moved to Gillingham at the same time, then Tony went to be assistant at Bournemouth and eventually became manager when Harry Redknapp left. Then he asked me to come over and I became youth coach and then first team coach at Bournemouth.

“I’ve worked for him as a scout at pretty much every club he’s been at, then I got the call asking if I wanted to be assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday. It’s a great club and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I was working as a European scout for Celtic and I was enjoying that but when you get this opportunity at such a great, historical club like Sheffield Wednesday, it was a no-brainer.

“The one thing that strikes me is there’s a lot of quality in the squad. Our challenge is to bring that quality out, make the players better and start getting results.”

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