Nottingham Forest appoint 'richest scout in the world' Omar Yabroudi from Barnet

The young analyst arrives from Barnet, having worked under Dougie Freedman at Crystal Palace.

Barnet have confirmed that their performance analyst Omar Yabroudi is on his way to work at Nottingham Forest. Dougie Freedman, a former Barnet player, has brought in the United Arab Emirates national from The Bees - as confirmed by Barnet boss Martin Allen yesterday.

He told the official Barnet website yesterday:

“Omar has agreed to join Nottingham Forest as their Analyst which is a fantastic move for Omar. I am delighted for him that he has got this opportunity to go and work at Championship level even though I did my utmost to persuade him to stay, especially as we are a better team than them.

“Omar has done a great job helping me, looking after me and supporting me and for sure I will miss him, but how can I deny people the chance to work at a higher level? So best wishes to Omar."

So who is this man Nottingham Forest are bringing in to help at the club. He is certainly an interesting figure in football. In April the Daily Mail ran a piece on him dubbing him the 'richest scout in the world' who had helped Martin Allen lead Barnet to Conference National promotion last season.

The 25-year-old Emirati left a family fortune behind in Dubai in order to pursue his dream of one day managing a professional football team and after meeting Edgar Davids at Crystal Palace he followed him to Barnet in 2012.

He has been in charge of scouting opposition players and provided match analysis sessions for the club and was also head of recruitment, a similar role to how Andre Villas-Boas first got into the game.

Now Yabroudi will likely be asked to do the same at Nottingham Forest, who are owned by Kuwaiti businessman Fawad Al Hasawi and managed by Dougie Freedman, who he worked with at Palace.

In that interview with the Daily Mail back in April he mentioned his dream was to take the United Arab Emirates to the World Cup in the future. After this latest stepping stone who knows? Five years down the line and he might be on course.

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