Plymouth Argyle's David Byrne accepts new job at Sheffield Wednesday
FORMER Plymouth Argyle winger David Byrne is adding his new role of assistant academy manager to his extensive scouting roles at Sheffield Wednesday.
Byrne has been at the Championship outfit since July when he was recruited by Owls' manager Dave Jones and his assistant Paul Wilkinson.
Wembury-based Byrne spends two days a week assisting Hillsborough Academy chief Dean Ramsdale and the remainder 'on the road looking for talent' for the youth set-up and the first team.
Byrne said his newest appointment excites him as he can now combine coaching with tracking recruits for the South Yorkshire club.
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"It's great as I get to work with Dave and Paul whom I know and like a lot, while the job suits me fine, too," said Byrne.
"Working with youngsters and helping to develop their skills is something close to my heart and I like to think I've had a good deal of success in bringing on teenagers.
"Plus, as Wednesday's domestic and international scout, I get out and about and either make suggestions or recommendations about players I've been told to go and watch.
"That's mainly for the first team, so it means a lot of miles and time away from home, but it's a great job with a massive football club.
"For example, I've just returned from the Republic of Ireland where I was scouting for our academy and I really enjoyed that trip.
"But, equally, I could be sent around the UK or on the continent to follow up leads.
"And naturally, I'm also excited about being with a massive club like Wednesday and trying to help them in any way I can in their first year back in the Championship.
"As the Green Army in Plymouth know, the Championship is a tough, tough league but it's great for the fans to be part of it."
Byrne, a former Herald columnist and head of sport at City College Plymouth, has no plans to leave the part of Britain he loves best any time soon, despite being committed to the Wednesday cause.
"My roots are now firmly in Plymouth and even when I was manager of Swindon, I commuted," said Byrne, who still turns out for the Argyle Legends in charity matches.