The Fans Forum met at St. James’ Park last Monday night and the minutes of the meeting have just been issued on the Newcastle web-site, and there are some interesting topics that were discussed.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
One of the things the Board have tried to clarify is the role of the new head coach on transfers into thew club, and they have pointed out that it is not accurate to say the coach has no input on the transfers in players into the club.
This is what the Board has said:
“The board feels the media has misrepresented the head coach role to a degree; incorrectly suggesting that they would have no say in transfers. The board explained the reality is that a head coach would have an opinion and an input into transfers, just not the final say.”
“The board and chief scout would sit with the head coach with a number of options in line with the head coach’s template for the team. The initial scouting and shortlisting would be done by the chief scout, while the board would take care of financial elements to ensure the head coach could concentrate on his duties.”
“The board explained that this sort of system happens in a lot of football clubs across the world. The board feels this structure enables individuals to focus on their respective strengths.”
The way it has often been reported – which seems accurate – is that the head coach is one of a committee and has input into the players brought in, but just doesn’t have the final say – so that seems fairly accurate.
But there are also very few managers that have the final say on transfers these days, and it’s (quickly) shifting to the continental model.
But there are still English coaches like Tony Pulis as one example, who insist on being fully responsible for players – but it’s a dying breed.
One reason for that is the money involved in the Premier League is so huge the Board want to have a say on who’s brought in and don’t want to leave it to one man.
That seems a reasonable way of bringing players into the club, but one area of concern for any would-be applicant is how the club sell their players.
And the coach doesn’t seem to have much say in that, once Mike Ashley gets an offer for a player that meets his valuation – he seems to be gone.
The way Newcastle have sold players like Yohan Cabaye in the January window and not replaced them would be a concern to some applicants for the Newcastle position.
But in any case that’s a good clarification of how players will be brought into the club.
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