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Sam Jewell turns down Rangers interest in becoming their technical director

Brighton & Hove Albion head of recruitment Sam Jewell has rejected the offer from Rangers to become their director of football, according to The Athletic.

The Scottish Premiership club appointed Philippe Clement as their new manager on Sunday after parting ways with Michael Beale and were looking to make further changes within the club’s structure.

Rangers have been on the lookout for a replacement for Ross Wilson, who left for Nottingham Forest in April, and Jewell was identified as a perfect candidate for the job.

However, the 34-year-old is happy at Brighton and wants to remain with the Seagulls going forward having also turned down offers from other Premier League clubs in the past.

As a result, Rangers have to move on to other candidates and hope their next director of football can get the job done.

Jewell would have been perfect for the gig given the brilliant job he has done since taking over from Dan Ashworth, who joined Newcastle United last year.

His eye for talent has made him a huge asset and he successfully recruited the likes of Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister and Carlos Baleba for Brighton.

Jewell joined the club from Swindon as under-21s recruitment manager in May 2016 and was promoted from emerging talent manager, initially on an interim basis, when Paul Winstanley left in November 2022 to become co-sporting director at Chelsea.

Rangers need a similar talent spotter ahead of the January transfer window as Clement looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.

The Light Blues are seven points behind Celtic in the table after just eight league games in 2023-24, and they need to improve their fortunes on and off the pitch to have a chance of winning the Premiership title this term.

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