On Monday, Chairman Shahid Khan announced the appointment of Mike Rigg as the new Chief Football Officer for Fulham FC. According to Khan, in this role Rigg will oversee the "short, mid, and long-term product on the pitch" and will work in collaboration with first team manager Kit Symons, the academy, as well as other aspects relating to player personnel.
Rigg comes to SW6 with a generous amount of experience. He led the academy at Sheffield Wednesday, was Chief Scout at Blackburn, became Technical Director at Manchester City (helping sign the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva) and QPR, and most recently was the Head of Talent Identification for the FA.
This addition also allows current CEO Alistair Mackintosh to focus more on business affairs rather than player responsibilities, something that I think many of us will be relieved to hear. Shahid Khan also mentioned that this will allow Mackintosh to focus on the Riverside Stand expansion and potential improvments to the Motspur Park training facility.
Additionally, Khan notes that this move solidifies Huw Jennings' role as Academy Director, which is spectacular news. It is apparent that Jennings is one of the best around in that role and his continued service for the club in youth development will only benefit Fulham.
Overall, this seems to be a very positive signing for the club. Hopefully Rigg will be able to help the club immediately with the January transfer window on the brink of opening.