Trevor Fisher has sent this to think about
The Daily Star today ran a story that McLeish’s job is on the line, and that LErner is thinking of appointing a sporting director, often known as a DIrector of Football. We used to have one – he was called Doug Ellis. Main job is to handle transfers, Commolli at Liverpool just got the bullet apparently because of their poor signings. Dalglish was not responsible, it is rumoured.
This could be good, could be bad. The problem at VIlla is not McLeish but the people who appointed him. Sack McLeish….? WHo would want the job? If it is to be an ex Premiership manager, then Mick McCarthy is in the frame (and local) and Steve Bruce is looking for a job… and Curbishley has been on the market for a long time. Perhaps we could
get Gregory back, he got us to 6th and he fell out with Deadly, so maybe he could return.
Whatever happens, the board room is the main problem and anyone who goes on the web sites across the Atlantic soon realises the Cleveland Browns fans say the same about Lerner as we do. Local Cleveland paper says that LErner was the only NFL owner who did not go to the national owners meeting, sent deputies along.
Whether we get relegated or stay up, whether McLeish goes or stays, whether there is a sporting director or no sporting director, one thing stays constant – Lerner. Unless he sells up, and who buys a club that just lost £120m and has a pay cap in place? So the boardroom has to be the central problem
My solution is to campaign for Non Executive Directors, with a background in football management or football administration. The lack of football knowledge on the board since Steve Stride left is the big problem. While Lerner does not have to listen to NEDS even if they were appointed, he would be daft to ignore them.
NEDS would bring something positive to the table. I am far from convinced a new manager would. My nightmare is someone cheap and low grade, like McNeil, Dr Jo or Graham Turner. Clubs in trouble cut costs
and cut corners. It is vital to get a board that can deliver better decisions.
And for those who campaign for McLeish and Lerner to quit – be careful
what you wish for.
You might just get what you want.