Some Nottingham Forest fans will remember David Friio – and won’t quite be able to believe his current role at Marseille.
Friio joined Forest way back in 2005. Snapped up by Gary Megson, Friio had excelled in five years with Plymouth Argyle.
Forest paid around £100,000 to sign Friio, but it didn’t quite work out for him.
Friio played just 22 league games for Forest, scoring once. After 18 months at the City Ground, Friio’s contract was terminated a year early as he wanted to retire.
He will hardly go down in history for Forest as a player, but did play a role in Guy Moussi’s move to Forest – and that’s where his current path started.
Friio has ended up as a prominent scout around Europe, working with Saint-Etienne and even Manchester United.
The former Forest man is now technical director at Marseille after a stint as head scout. Working alongside sporting director Pablo Longoria, Friio has helped one of the best transfer windows of the summer.
Marseille’s transfer window aided by former Forest man Friio
The Athletic have picked out Marseille as having one of the best windows. They have retooled their squad brilliantly, with Friio playing a key role.
Permanent signings Gerson, Luan Peres and Konrad de la Fuente have been key, whilst Leonardo Balerdi, Arkadiusz Milik and Pol Lirola have signed permanently.
Friio and Longoria have worked the loan market well, bringing in Pau Lopez, Cengiz Under, Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba. All but Saliba have options to buy.
With two wins and a draw from three Ligue 1 games so far, Marseille’s recruitment looks to have served them well.
Few Forest fans could have expected Friio to become a great talent spotter, but that’s exactly what has happened; and how Forest would no doubt love to have him picking out talent for them now.