Instead, what where seeing is a conflict between DoF and manager that leaves us with an unbalanced squad. It happened with Koeman as Col alluded to below, and is part of the reason we ended up with so many number 10s.
I see the same think playing out with BFS. He's lukewarm on Tosun because that was Walsh's man. He wants Walcott and he'll probably be bought to placate Sam whether he is what we need or not.
There is an inherent conflct between the club's desire for a DoF and a top level manager. Managers of that calibre want to be able to buy and sell who thry want without having it dictated to them. If we want to persist with a DoF we need to find a cnadidate who is happy to play a subservient role when it comes to player recruitment.
: ..then the DoF is absolutely key to your
: I actually don't mind the model for that
: reason. But it has to be supported by the
: right DoF and the right team around that
: person making the decisions. That's what I
: think we're missing and the knock-on effect
: is what we're currently seeing on the pitch.
: I'm not even sure if that's really how we're
: setting up the role tho. I suspect it's
: simply a case of Steve Walsh being a
: glorified chief scout with the license to
: bring in players for both the future (U23s)
: and present (first team), rather than truly
: being tasked with setting the playing and
: coaching DNA for the future.
: In short, it feels like we've put in place a
: model and only half-committed to it. But
: that's guesswork to a large extent, as none
: of us are privy to how that role really
: works. The only thing we can say with
: certainty is that regardless of whether it's
: a true DoF role or a glorified chief scout
: role, there's not many signs its achieving
: either objective.