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EXCLUSIVE: was Brian Talbot scouting Estonian internationals?

Angelo PalmeriComment

Last update on the 11.10.2014 at 23:42 - Roy Hodgson ruled out Talbot was scouting on his behalf and said he didn't talk to him. Karol Mets answer added.

About a month ago, former English international (6 caps) and West Bromwich Albion manager (1988-1991) Brian Talbot, visited the game Estonia-Slovenia (1-0).

Whether he was in Tallinn for leisure or work it is not clear, it should be mentioned that he was travelling with his wife.

However, two players of the Estonian national team impressed him.

He didn’t tell me he was here for work’ told our English reader, Steve B., to Rumori ‘but I know he scouts in various places around Europe, but mainly in France and Germany.

Brian Talbot is indeed a known scout for Fulham FC.
He joined the club in 2011 just one year after Roy Hodgson left to take on the Liverpool job.

Steve B. is an Englishman from Barnet, he often comes to Estonia as he fell in love with the tiny Baltic Republic and goes often to watch the local football.
He has bought a full package for the Estonia’s qualifiers and will attend also the England game on Sunday evening.

I met Brian at the airport’ told Steve B. to Rumori ‘and I asked him to sign the match program of the Estonia-Slovenia game.

Talbot not only signed the program, but also put a couple of notches on the two players that impressed him most during the 90’ minutes at A.LeCoq: Ragnar Klavan and Karol Mets (check pictures below, click to enlarge)

During press conferences in Tallinn ahead of the European qualifiers game, Estonia-England, one of the players (Karol Mets) was asked by Rumori whether he has heard of interest from Fulham but he didn't know anything about it and it was the first time. Roy Hodgson, on the contrary, answered Rumori that the FA has had their own scouts at the games Estonia has had after being drawn with England and consequently he didn't talk to Talbot.