Les Kershaw

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Les Kershaw is the former chief scout and Academy Director for Manchester United.

Kershaw studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before being recruited by United manager Alex Ferguson, he had previously acted as a part-time scout for Arsenal.[1]

He received an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in September 2005.[1]

Kershaw retired at the end of the 2005–06 season and was replaced as Director of the Academy by Brian McClair.[2] However, he continued to work for United part-time, and was credited with discovering Rafael and Fábio da Silva.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Honour for scientist who became Manchester United's Chief Scout". Royal Society of Chemistry. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  2. ^ "SOCCER SHORTS: McCLAIR POST" Daily Record, April 16, 2005. Available online at highbeam.com (subscription required)
  3. ^ Mathieson, Stuart (2 September 2008). "Reds rock to Samba beat". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 6 May 2011.