This is what I liked about Moyes - he effectively set an approach for the entire club. He had an approach to recruitment that was based on the system we were going to set up in and the type of players he wanted to fill each role. I remember an excellent interview with him (I think it was in the Times) where he explained how he and the scouting team had a list of first, second, third, fourth etc choices for each position, in case a player should leave or be injured long-term. Our issue back then was finding the pennies down the back of the couch to pay for them. Now that we have the money, we don't have the disciplined approach. Absolutely maddening.
This isn't a 'bring back Moyes' post for a second. It's simply about wanting us to bring back some true planning to how we set the team up and how we go about recruiting the players needed to play in that system. I'd love to say that none of us really know how we're managing that behind the scenes, and maybe we've just been unlucky, but the scattergun approach we saw in the summer (with key positions completely neglected) seriously suggests we don't have anything like the plan we had five years ago. That's what Walsh, as DoF, *should* be doing...the evidence suggests he's either failing to do it or it's not really his remit.