Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

English Ways Make It Tough for Directors of Football to Find a Useful Role

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

English Ways Make It Tough for Directors of Football to Find a Useful Role

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Byline: Sam Allardyce West Ham manager

[bar] IRECTORS of Football seem to come and go in our game, the latest being Damien Comolli at Liverpool.

The role hasn't really worked well in this country and I believe one of the reasons foreign coaches want to work here is that they become managers and therefore their responsibilities are greater than back home where they often work with a director of football.

I worked with a football director, when I was manager at Blackpool. It was Billy Bingham and it didn't work out that well. Billy had vast experience as a manager and coach and was supposed to pass all that on to me but that was never really the case.

He did, however, have a good relationship with the owner, Owen Oyston, and often acted as a go-between, We can't often which is not exactly what you're looking for when you are striving to become a successful manager.

It wasn't a total disaster because Billy did pass on some of his invaluable knowledge but when things became a bit tough he wasn't always totally behind me, which was difficult. to find perfect marriage between director manager In foreign clubs, it's generally a football man who takes up the director of football role and often he's played for the team which means he understands both the club and the concept.

Because clubs trust that structure and the owners have enough experience of the concept, they seem to make the right choices more than we do in England. We can't often seem to find that perfect marriage, so to speak.

One example where it seems to work well is at Reading where Nicky Hammond is director of football.

David Pleat also seemed to make a good fist of it at Tottenham for a while but generally the post hasn't been a great success in England.

Over here, if the manager doesn't pick his football director, or at least have some input, you might end up dealing with someone you can't get on with. …

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