Ronald Koeman has stressed that he keeps away from the financial side of the player acquisition, maintaining a very Continental “head coach” approach to management that is in contrast to the traditional methods in England.
The Dutchman has been asked about his views on the issue in the wake of the Sam Allardyce sting that revealed once more the conflict of interest where managers and players are concerned with regard to recruitment, particularly given the astronomical transfer fees involved in the modern game.
Koeman prefers to leave the money side to other people and just focus on training, tactics and in-game management.
“I have always kept well away from transfer negotiations and money,” Koeman explained. As a coach I will point out the player I want and as soon as the money side comes up with the player, I will leave the room.
“I don't think I should be there with agents or players to discuss that. Of course, the club informs me about the salaries of the players and they also ask me if a player should get a new contract or not, but that is it.
“Football coaches should be doing their work on the training ground and the touchline. Here in England they call a football coach in charge of a club the manager. But I want to work with the players only every day.
“I always told [my own agent] that I would not get any players through him. I did not want people to think there were little ‘one-twos' going on between the manager and the agent. At Everton we have Steve Walsh in charge of this now and I have a great working relationship with him.
“Like most coaches on the Continent, I have been amazed by the way football managers in England operate. I have always thought that it was impossible for this to carry on without going wrong.
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2 Posted 17/10/2016 at 17:28:20
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4 Posted 17/10/2016 at 18:39:49
I can't see Koeman or indeed many managers being at a club for longer than 3-5 seasons. So now the DoF can concentrate on looking at medium-/long-term ambitions of the club and the coach can get on with working on the training ground and identifying targets for the next 3 transfer windows.
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9 Posted 20/10/2016 at 22:49:41