: Putting aside the question of whether Walsh is
: the right man for the job, the DoF has to
: have a long-term view that transcends
: managerial changes. as such he has to have
: final say on who comes and goes. The role
: of the manager under this system is to get
: the best out of the players he is given.
: 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.
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: ..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.