Identify and Sign
To identify and sign the right players, firstly you have to identify and sign the people who will be responsible for….identifying and signing the right players! Newcastle’s model appears to diminish the role of the manager in this area, unlike say Wenger and Ferguson who carry complete power and have the final say. Of course just mention the names Keegan and Wise together and your head immediately starts throbbing.
Carr and Wise
The club appear not to have directly replaced Dennis Wise but Chief Scout, Graham Carr, certainly seems to have a more pivotal role than that title would imply at other Premier League clubs. Positive reports abound out of St.James’ Park when it comes to Carr’s role and the captures of Cabaye & Tiote are his headline news.
Though other reports suggest he has at times STRONGLY recommended additional players but the club hierarchy didn’t back his judgement, which could well be our loss. Summer recruitment of a defender and striker of Cabaye’s class would have been more than interesting.
Balance Of Power
Clubs that put a lot of emphasis on somebody other than the manager having a big say on player recruitment, tend to be found on the continent. Some people might perceive that this route is a good way to diminish the role of the manager so it minimises disruption when the hotseat occupant is eventually let go….
Chelsea is maybe the best English example of this approach, though ‘best’ is maybe not an ideal word for what has gone on at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham have also dabbled in this area with Frank Arnesen holding the title ‘Director of Football’ at both Spurs and Chelsea.
Mike Ashley has decided to run Newcastle United in a very ‘unique’ way, maybe the more power he gives to Graham Carr the better?