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Pros and cons of appointing a Director of Football

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For some time now directors of football have been heavily criticised within the football community, and were the subject of unwanted press during the transfer window.

Some directors of football have been highly praised for their efforts in bringing in players, and others have been criticised for interfering with the manager's job.

So lets look at some examples of directors of football and where it has gone well or wrong.

Where better to start than what Newcastle fans describe as a 'joke' Joe Kinnear.

Kinnear is Newcastle's director of football, after having a spell as Newcastle manager, the fans already didn't take to him partly because of his footballing mentality. His short stay resulted in nothing but frustration for Newcastle fans, but this was only one problem.

It has created a lot of speculation about how much of an influence they have over a manager. Alan Padrew often said that he did not see problems with Kinnear being involved, but at the same time fans did.

The Toon Army felt as though Kinnear was interfering with the manager's business, and targeting players that may not be compatible with the squad Pardew is building.

The pairing clearly did not work this summer as the Magpies saw only one arrival. Loic Remy joining on loan from Championship side Queens Park Rangers was not quite the spending spree fans would of liked.

However, on the other side of the coin, David Gill was Manchester United's director of football for 16 years working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.

When Ferguson wanted a player, Gill delivered. Transfers were made before the end of the transfer market and they were already adapting to the club. Many fans were disheartened and nervous when the departure of Gill was announced.

The end of an era and a well established partnership with Ferguson.

The summer transfer window saw one marquee signing for Manchester United with Marouane Fellaini arriving on the final day suggesting the reigning Premier League champions were missing Gill.

Not only did he arrive on the final day but some Manchester United fans expected more and possibly a bigger name too.

Directors of football appear to be successful at the biggest of clubs. Real Madrid's Florentino Perez is known world wide for attracting the Real Madrid Galactico's. For example Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham. When Real Madrid seek a new player, Perez signs them.

Directors of football seem worthwhile for the big teams in football to work quickly on purchasing the best players from around the world, but does this apply for smaller clubs? With top talent being consumed by the bigger teams, are directors of football helping managers, or only purchasing what they feel would help?

Overall, directors of football can be a success, but not everywhere. Directors of football and managers working together co-efficiently can result in huge success, but bringing in targets that are not needed and bringing in few signings will often result in failure.

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