Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Martin Samuel: In the era of the owner-manager, you'll never work alone

This has been football's summer of the owner-manager. Meet the new kid on the block.  The most important employee at the club used to be the man who picked the team. Now it is the man who picks the team from which the  team is picked. And that isn’t the manager. Not any more. Changing rules have created changed empowerment. It is not enough to know what is best for the team these days. The manager may think he needs a centre half, but this information is factored in with other policies, cash expectancy, the rafts of red tape now wrapped around what was a simple process of buying the best fit for the starting XI.

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