Koeman amazed by English manager model

Monday 17 October 2016  8 Comments  [Jump to last]

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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Brian Williams
2 Posted 17/10/2016 at 17:28:20
This man's got his head screwed on – that's for sure!
Jack Convery
3 Posted 17/10/2016 at 18:07:38
Wise man indeed.
Ian McDowell
4 Posted 17/10/2016 at 18:39:49
I'm a big fan of the continental approach of a DoF and a head coach. There is that much money and expectancy at stake in the EPL now that most managers are probably 6-8 bad games from the sack. Already this season, Swansea have got rid of their manager and only recently, Hughes, Bilic and Moyes have come under huge scrutiny.

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.

Anthony Dwyer
5 Posted 17/10/2016 at 20:49:31
Talking sense!
Don Alexander
6 Posted 17/10/2016 at 23:58:27
Always seems to me to know the difference between his Niasse and his elbow does our Ron.
Stephen Scofield
7 Posted 19/10/2016 at 00:11:32
I thought he spoke to Sissoko before he decided to go to Tottenham. That doesn't seem consistent with that attitude.
Gary Russell
8 Posted 19/10/2016 at 03:00:59
Stephen, you mean Koeman spoke to Sissoko, I guess. Do you think any manager is going to sign a player or try to without even having a chat with said player to gauge him etc?
Albert Perkins
9 Posted 20/10/2016 at 22:49:41
Stephen. Koeman didn't say he doesn't talk with the potential signings, in fact, telling the players what you like about their play and how you want to use them would seem a really necessary part of the process. Koeman says he walks out when money is discussed.

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