Former Luton youth development manager Gregg Broughton has joined Town’s Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers as director of football.
Broughton spent six years at Kenilworth Road between 2008 and 2014, before leaving to join Norwich City where he was academy manager at Carrow Road, bringing in James Maddison, Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey.
He has been with Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt since November 2017, helping the team win the title twice in five years, until he was named at Ewood Park this morning, with a statement on the website of the Rovers saying: “We are delighted to announce the appointment. of Gregg Broughton, who will take over as director of football with immediate effect.
“Gregg has a wealth of experience, including running academies and leading recruiting positions at Norwich City, Luton Town and most recently Bodø/Glimt in Norway.
“He also holds the UEFA professional license and Football Association technical director qualifications.
“Gregg will take responsibility for the club’s overall football strategy which will include the first team, academy, recruitment, medical, sports performance and analysis departments.
Rovers CEO Steve Waggott said: “It is great to appoint someone with the wide range of skills, knowledge and experience that Gregg has acquired over the past 20 years in football.
“He will work closely with our new head coach (once confirmed), myself and the board in developing a clear future vision and strategy for our football operations, using the solid platform built over the past five years.”
Broughton himself added: “Blackburn Rovers are a fantastic football club and I am delighted to join them to help deliver the vision and strategy on behalf of the owners and board.
“The club has a prestigious history dating back to the founding of the Football League, with over 70 years in the top flight and an excellent reputation within the local community.
“They have consistently demonstrated their belief in youth development, with over 500 consecutive games with an Academy graduate on the team and last season almost 40% of the Academy graduates championship minutes.
“The potential for success on and off the pitch is huge and I look forward to working as part of a team to help the club grow and achieve lasting success.”