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VIDEO: Chief scout Harry Dunn

By Ian Appleyard | 13th October 2017

YORK City manager Martin Gray has confirmed the appointment of Harry Dunn as the club's new chief scout.

Dunn, who spent nearly 25 years in football management, had also worked as chief scout under Gray at his former club Darlington.

Gray said: "He's been with me for six years and, in football, you need people with you that you can trust and who know the league.

"His knowledge at this level of football - National North and National League - is fantastic. He has great experience as an ex-manager and has been very successful. He's at the right age in life now. He's out and about and what he doesn't know is not worth knowing! His contacts and work-ethic are magnificent."

Dunn, 64, played for Bishop Auckland, Scarborough, and Blyth Spartans before moving into management nearly 25 years ago.

He started his managerial career at Bishop Auckland before enjoying two spells at both Whitby Town and Blyth Spartans.

He is regarded as the most successful manager in Whitby's history after winning the Northern League title and FA Vase at Wembley in 1997 plus promotion during their first season in the UniBond League. He also led Whitby to the first round of the FA Cup on three seperate occasions.

Gray says the appointment of Dunn is 'key' in his plan to restructure the club and build a quality scouting network.

"It's key, you need the right people at the ground and people you can trust, that have an eye for a player, and who know the opposition as well.

"It's something we are working very hard on - myself and (sporting director) Dave Penney - to put a really strong structure in place. You can't do it with just one scout so we are looking to build up the scouting network."

Dunn, meanwhile, says his primary task will be to bring 'better quality players' to Bootham Crescent.

"We have always worked on the principle that we have always got to look to improve," said Dunn. "That's going to be my role at York City. I am hoping, at the end of the day, that we can bring better quality players into the club and the club can move forward.

"My role is to go out, use the contacts I have got, use the experience I have got, and hopefully bring better players to York City."

Dunn will also be responsible for providing reports on City's forthcoming opponents.

"We will certainly be having a look at the opposition the week before we play them and, if I get the opportunity to watch them during the week before we play them I will also take that opportunity because you can't leave any stone unturned. We have got to know everything we can about the opposition, anything we can use to our advantage."

Dunn says he is happy to leave football management to the 'younger guys' but is far from slowing down when it comes to checking on players and opposition.

"It can be up to four nights a week and it is certainly all day Saturday. I like to be in the ground by 2pm, I like to watch the teams warm-up and that's as well as doing my homework before I even get to the ground. It is time-consuming but I thoroughly enjoy it!"

Reflecting on his relationship with Gray, he said: "I have known Martin a long time. We grew up around the same villages in County Durham.

"He saved my bacon many years ago when I was at Whitby and we were struggling badly. Martin was reserve team manager at Darlington (with Dave Penney). He happened to lend me a couple of players who got us out of a sticky situation and I kept my job for another 18 months or so!

"We have always got on well, we have the same principles, and we both like to win."

Expressing his excitement at the new challenge, Dunn commented: "York City is a big club, an ex-Football League club, it's full-time, and the fact Martin has decided it is a venture worth while undertaking. He's asked me to come with him, I have met the lads, I have met Jackie McNamara, the chief executive, and been very impressed with what I have seen so far. I am more than happy to jump on board do the best I can for the club."

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