Ian Atkins

International Global Recruitment & UEFA Pro Licence Holder

  • Date Joined: 18th December 2016
A forward-thinking International Chief Scout and UEFA Pro Licence holder whose career within football spans 40+ years’ across playing, first team management and senior scouting roles at all levels of the English game, including the Premier League.

A well-respected and highly sought-after senior scout who has built a strong portfolio of international experience and achievements in talent identification and player recruitment across the UK, Europe and South America. Proven track record unearthing emerging talent from cost- effective markets who have gone on to add value to team performances and generate significant revenue for the likes of Sunderland AFC, Everton FC and Aston Villa FC in future sale fees. Key players include Simon Mignolet, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Bryan Oviedo.

Accomplishments in scouting is underpinned by a successful professional playing career, experience managing and developing youth and first teams, an extensive network of industry contacts and an appreciation for different footballing cultures. Naturally combines an in-depth knowledge of the modern game with an understanding of how to integrate a recruitment strategy with current team philosophy, to give clubs a competitive edge on the pitch while supporting off-field sustainability.

A highly motivated and driven individual who proactively embraces new ideas and positions of increased responsibility. Is continually challenging himself to remain at the forefront of the industry, broadening his expertise to cover one on one player development, club consultancy, media work and governing body/coach education presentations.
Ian Atkins

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • LMA: Institute of Leadership & High Performance

    LMA
    Institute of Leadership & High Performance
    2015

  • FA: Learning Generic Tutor Training

    FA
    Learning Generic Tutor Training
    2007

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    UEFA
    Pro Licence
    2005

  • FA: Coaching Diploma

    FA
    Coaching Diploma
    2003

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    1999

  • FA: Intermediate Coaching Award

    FA
    Intermediate Coaching Award
    1989

  • FA: Full Licence Coaching Award

    FA
    Full Licence Coaching Award
    1989

  • FA: Preliminary Coaching Award

    FA
    Preliminary Coaching Award
    1987

  • FA: Football Management Course Diploma

    FA
    Football Management Course Diploma
    1986

  • FA: Sports Psychology (NLP)

    FA
    Sports Psychology (NLP)

Career History

  • Aston Villa

    Aston Villa
    Head of European Recruitment
    2016 – 2018

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    Head of European Recruitment
    2012 – 2016

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    European Director of Scouting
    2007 – 2012

  • Torquay United FC

    Torquay United FC
    Manager
    2006 – 2007

  • Bristol Rovers FC

    Bristol Rovers FC
    Manager
    2003 – 2005

  • Oxford United FC

    Oxford United FC
    Manager
    2001 – 2003

  • Cardiff City FC

    Cardiff City FC
    Manager
    2001 – 2001

  • Carlisle United FC

    Carlisle United FC
    Manager
    2000 – 2001

  • Northampton Town FC

    Northampton Town FC
    Manager
    1995 – 1999

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    Assistant Manager/Player
    1993 – 1994

  • Doncaster Rovers FC

    Doncaster Rovers FC
    Player
    1993 – 1994

  • Cambridge United FC

    Cambridge United FC
    Player/Manager
    1992 – 1993

  • Birmingham City FC

    Birmingham City FC
    Player/Assistant Manager/Coach
    1991 – 1992

  • Colchester United FC

    Colchester United FC
    Player/Manager
    1990 – 1991

  • Birmingham City FC

    Birmingham City FC
    Player
    1988 – 1990

  • Ipswich Town FC

    Ipswich Town FC
    Player
    1985 – 1988

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    Player
    1984 – 1985

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    Player
    1981 – 1984

  • Shrewsbury Town FC

    Shrewsbury Town FC
    Player
    1973 – 1981

Key Achievements

  • Recommended the likes of John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Birki Bjarnsson to Aston Villa who were then signed by the club.
  • Recommended the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Bryan Oviedo, Romelu Lukaku and John Stones to Everton, all of whom would sign with the club.
  • Recommended the likes of Simon Mignolet, Stephane Sessegnon, John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan and Djibril Cisse for Sunderland, all of whom would sign for the club.
  • Also identified and recommended a young Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Robert Lewandowski who were all available for a combined £2m; Sunderland elected not to proceed, all three eventually became stars in their own right & commanding fees of 100m+
  • Coached and mentored Stefan de Vrij in all aspects of his game - tactically, physically and mentally - since Dec 2013 in preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in which he was voted the best defender of the tournament by Castrol Index.
  • Also advised Stefan De Vrij on his move from Feyenoord to Lazio in 2014 and Inter Milan in 2018. Continues to analyse every game he plays of present.
  • Identified and recommended Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele and Milan Skriniar for Everton who were available for a small fee. The club opted not to proceed and they have since excelled at Ajax, Barcelona and Inter Milan respectively.
  • A long-term advisor to Solihull Moors FC, consulting on all aspects of club management during their rise up the leagues
  • Has done a variety of media work as an analyst, commentator and panellist including appearences with Sky Sports and BBC Radio.
  • Worked with The FA to provide analysis to the English National Team on future opponents
  • Won multiple Manager of the Month Awards: Northampton Town (Apr & Sep 1997), Oxford United (Dec 2002 & Dec 2003), Torquay United (Apr 2006) and Colchester United (Jan & Mar 1991)
  • Won the F&C League Managers Team Award at Torquay United FC
  • Won the 1st Division, European Cup Winners Cup, Charity Shield and reached an FA Cup Final with Everton as a player
  • Named the Player of the Year in 1986/87 (Ipswich Town) and in 1982/83 (Sunderland)

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