FOR­EIGN BUY­ERS WANT TO HIRE OWN BOSSES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.

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