Saints are set to confirm Martyn Glover as their new chief scout.

Glover is expected to formally join Saints next week from Everton, where he has been working as chief scout since 2016.

It is the first piece in the jigsaw of Saints’ restructuring of the football side of the club after the departures of Les Reed and Martin Hunter last November.

The Daily Echo understands that the club are keen to avoid having a single figurehead in charge of football, and so are looking at three appointments to head various departments.

Glover will be the chief scout, responsible for the club’s scouting network and identifying signings.

Ross Wilson has taken on the role of head of football operations since the departure of Reed to help the day-to-day running, logistics and staffing for the various sides at the club and will still be responsible for signings.

There will then be a player development role to oversee the management and strategy of the teams throughout the club, ensuring a single identity and style runs from the first team all the way down to the youngest academy sides.

Glover, a former PE teacher, worked at West Ham, Leeds and Blackburn before moving to Everton where more recently his role became confined to UK based scouting.

Saints are expected to have to pay compensation to land Glover.