» Read the full article at BBC Sport
Reader Comments (32)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 22/08/2019 at 08:01:17
2 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:25:04
3 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:02:30
4 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:21:03
Nonetheless, Raiola is a powerful player; if Kean becomes a success then Raiola will hold an important card.
Brands is the professional hired to deal with Agents & clubs. Kenwright is not.
If I owned the bulk of the shares at the club, this would disturb me. I would want my appointed hire to have the key relationships, and board members (who are not paid to do the job) to stay out of his way.
What's more, it could provide a platform for disproportionate influence. Lets hope its Brands who ultimately calls the shots on the Raiola relationship.
6 Posted 22/08/2019 at 11:39:24
7 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:15:57
Great to see us getting some recognition on the BBC of all places. Maybe Tim Cahill bent some ears when he was there on Sunday.
8 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:42:19
We all know agents are powerful, that's precisely the reason you have to pander to them, and having Brands is clearly a good thing.
You also mention having a defined difference in your hired-hand and board members, à la Brands & Kenwright. Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Brands on the board as well?
9 Posted 22/08/2019 at 13:34:33
Kenwright on the other hand is on the Board by dint of his past ownership of the shares in the club and his influence as the previous club owner.
Regarding your first point - sure, Kenwright's relationship might be a good thing seen one way.
But I'd be uncomfortable if I was the owner of the club. Moshiri appears fine with it (and perhaps takes the same view point as you), but I would not be.
Why do I take a different view?
Considering Raiola's reputation as a powerful agent who could take away a prized asset, it would leave me a little anxious if I had pumped cash into the club (not least to support transfers expenditures) in addition to buying 75%+ of the shares.
I'd personally prefer my hired professional to have all dealings with the Agents. It would remove any potential undue influence Kenwright may accrue over the fate of a future star (i.e. Kean). I would want that responsibility to lie with the guy I pay - Brands - who has a good relationship with the same agent.
10 Posted 22/08/2019 at 14:57:06
11 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:00:47
A lot of it may well be lies, but there was a (fraud) prosecution being put together before his health deteriorated, some there was some evidence to the rumours, but it was ultimately never tested in court.
12 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:09:42
Organisation, planning, character, perception, persuasion, etc, etc, rolled into a pleasant affable personality.
He appears to work well with Silva and Kenwright and he definitely seems to 'get' the club and the fans.
We are seemingly building something special, and Marcel is an integral part of this optimism.
13 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:23:20
Scary difference between our former Director of Football and Brands. He cost £2m in wages plus all the losses on players. I know we made on Lookman and Onyekuru but add wages paid etc and it's closer to even. The cost of replacing managers is also astronomical. Anyway, Brands is doing very well.
14 Posted 22/08/2019 at 16:08:50
The article says that Brands has forged a terrific working partnership with Kenwright. I wonder how that went down with the vocally anti-Bill contingent on TW.
15 Posted 22/08/2019 at 16:11:27
16 Posted 22/08/2019 at 16:23:08
17 Posted 22/08/2019 at 16:56:05
We are in very safe hands.
18 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:34:33
19 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:47:14
20 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:51:21
21 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:05:23
22 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:35:58
Anyone interested in literary fiction and football should read these brilliant novels.
I should add a disclaimer: I am, according to my wife and friends and colleagues, a pretentious bastard. I really don't think so.
23 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:54:01
24 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:16:06
Joep Schroeder gave his opinion on Marcel Brands, like in most cases I agree with him, he's a very shrewd interviewer.
Dutch football in general is on the lift, now the clubs have to perform better to improve our coeffiecient. At the moment, it's ridicously low, and we're having to compete with Austria and the Ukraine.
Last night, I saw PSV beat Apollon Nicosia 3-0, they've adjusted to losing the selfish Hirving Lozano (going to Napoli, will be announced soon, as the Dolberg one), and are playing more youth. Mark van Bommel, a name most of you should know, is the manager.
Mohamed Ihattaren, a mere 17 years old, and midfielder, scored his first league goal last Sunday. Yesterday, he scored his first European goal.
Steven Bergwijn, Donyell Malen (a local lad) & Cody Gakpo are all in the sights of national coach Ronald Koeman.
My local team AZ Alkmaar have two great striking talents in Myron Boadu (18) & Calvin Stengs (20).
Koeman is one lucky bastard: after making a pigsmeal of it with us, he'll be getting success of some sorts with the national team. His career really is topsy-turvy, having been fired three times (AZ Alkmaar – by Marcel Brands, as noted by someone else earlier – Valencia & Everton)
25 Posted 03/09/2019 at 20:04:06
26 Posted 03/09/2019 at 20:17:23
I do think he'll have to learn not to turn into the midfield thicket of two or three opponents when he should be taking the ball into a safer space. But I like the fact that he knows where the goal is and is prepared to shoot on sight - something we (including Calvert-Lewin) rarely do.
27 Posted 03/09/2019 at 20:23:31
And this is not the first post complaining about him already.
Bang average. Right. Spare me.
28 Posted 03/09/2019 at 20:35:18
29 Posted 03/09/2019 at 21:08:52
30 Posted 05/09/2019 at 15:30:41
Well, Marcel Brands knows Ihattaren from the PSV youth ranks. For a 17-year-old, he's a big strong lad. This season he has scored 3 goals and one assist in six games, in the Dutch league and Champion League qualifiers. And this for a box to box midfielder.
He is of Moroccan descent, and has played for Dutch national youth teams. He has not yet chosen for which national team he wants to play. Koeman has invited him, but he politely declined, saying he hasn't made his mind up yet.
Everybody with an orange heart wants him to choose for us, and not the North African team. Another dilemma, could Marcel Brands weave his magic, and get him to play for us?
He's absolutely a future star in the making.
31 Posted 05/09/2019 at 15:43:05
Kean has the look of a player who will cause defenders nightmares when he runs at them and, once he gets the opportunities, surely has more goals in him than Calvert-Lewin. But I'm hopeful that the signing of Kean will take a bit of pressure off Calvert-Lewin and the two of them will bring double the headaches to our opponents. It gives Silva options and that's what we need.
32 Posted 05/09/2019 at 16:09:11
I don't think Silva's game plan will allow him to start with more than one so-called striker even though he's been known to have three on the job when we are behind away from home.
Of the four 'centre- forwards' he has at his disposal, I regard Calvert-Lewin as the stand out performer EVEN THOUGH he seems unlikely to ever become feted as a regular goalscorer. It may well be a different story in a year's time but, for now, it's the older lad for my team.
33 Posted 16/09/2019 at 19:04:13
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.