FOREIGN BUYERS WANT TO HIRE OWN BOSSES
WHEN Brian McDermott woke up on Saturday morning, I’ve sure he felt devastated to have apparently lost his
job at Leeds.
But he can console himself that it didn’t have much to do with him. When a new owner buys a club, nine times out of ten he will want his own man.
And when that new owner is a foreigner – as is often the case these days – he will invariably want to appoint someone of that nationality.
Look at Watford – Sean Dyche did a fabulous job, but when the Pozzo’s took over he was turfed out for Gianfranco Zola. So it looks like being the case now, with Massimo Cellino, above, seemingly set to appoint Gianluca Festa.
As someone whose had three owners at my last two clubs – including Leeds – I know too well you can easily end up out on your ear.
Could Brian have done anything differently so far? Like all of us, I’m sure he will be disappointed in some of his signings. I don’t think they’ve ever replaced the pace and decisiveness of Rob Snodgrass, which will be the new man’s first task.
He’s also had some bad results, not least the 6-0 beating at Sheffield Wednesday which he called the lowest moment of his career.
But Brian is a good man and a good manager who learn so much from all of this.