Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coach with No Say on Players? It Won't Work

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coach with No Say on Players? It Won't Work

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Byline: Robert LEE The General's verdict

RONALD KOEMAN was allowed to buy his own players in the summer.

This is why, in part, he has been such a success at Southampton.

The Dutchman walked in through the doors of that club just as the best part of PS100m worth of talent walked out.

He didn't panic, because he knew the club would give him grace to spend the money on players he had worked with before, or at least knew.

Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle were on no other Premier League clubs' radar. Koeman knew what they could do and his board backed him. It's worked out decent enough for them.

Southampton will come to our place tomorrow deservedly third in the league, having been superb all season.

They have a great academy, and in Koeman a canny and determined head coach who is 'The Man' on the south coast.

He is not told who to sign. He tells other people who the club should sign. That's the way it should be, and it's not the way it works at Newcastle United.

We are entering week three of the club's search for a new head coach and, as the days go by, it seems to me that John Carver will be kept on until the end of the season.

I am pretty sure that Carver won't get the job, and if we are to wait a few months, the hope would be that the club would pull out a zinger. Alas, I just can't see that happening.

Would Koeman have gone into Southampton if he didn't get the final say on transfers? Absolutely not. Would any top manager go into any club where the players are signed by someone else? Absolutely not.

I keep hearing that Newcastle are going down the "foreign route", and in such a set-up it is normal for the coach not to interfere in transfers. I'm not so sure about that.

Even if the scouting and deals are done by other people, the guy who picks and trains the team tends to get a say in such matters. …

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