Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told The Sun that he wants to be in control of transfers.
According to The Sun, Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox want to appoint former USA head coach Bob Bradley as the club’s director of football.
“I don’t think it works otherwise,” Sherwood told The Sun when asked if he wants the final say on player recruitment. “I don’t know a sporting director in this country who’s had the final say on players. The manager always has a part to play.”
“It would make no sense now to interrupt things and bring someone in,” added Sherwood. “But that’s a conversation I’ve yet to have and Randy will get my honest views on how I think it works.”
It seems that Sherwood want to be the ‘manager’ of Villa and not the ‘head coach’, and under the current circumstances it makes sense.
After all, it is the former Tottenham Hotspur manager Sherwood who has to work with the Villa players on a day-to-day basis.
If Sherwood is given the players he does not want, then he is unlikely to get the best out of them.
Perhaps there has to be a middle ground. If Villa do appoint a director of football, then he will have to work closely with Sherwood and decide on which players to sign.
The key is communication. If Sherwood and the director of football can compromise and communicate throughout the player recruitment process, then it will work just fine.