Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says directors of football can provide great support to managers and can work really well providing there is a clear understanding of each other’s roles.
Dalglish, who worked as a football of director at Blackburn Rovers and Celtic, and also worked alongside Damien Comolli at Liverpool, thinks such a partnership can really benefit a club if everyone is ‘on side’.
“As long as the lines of demarcation are perfectly clear: if you’re the director of football and I’m the manager, you will do the negotiations for players or transfers then I don’t need to have anything to do with it,” said the King.
“This is just one scenario, it’s not necessarily the same for everybody, maybe the manager wants to negotiate for transfers.
“The manager will always pick the team, should always pick the team. He will train and coach them, he will also decide which players come in and which players go out.
“I worked with one when I went back to Liverpool with Damien Comolli and it was fantastic, the work he did.
“He looked after all the finances with players, organised all the scouting and if I said ‘We need to have a look at him’, he would send someone out.
“If he saw somebody, I would go and have a look. And there was never anyone that came in the door that I didn’t want to come in.
“For me, it can take a lot of work off the managers. Especially in the Premier League in England, they need as much time as they can get to prepare their teams.”