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  1. Godders

    Dean Smith

    I'm one of those that have some concerns around this. If the intention is to use him to build the club philosophy, why didn't we go instead for one of the strategy guys at, Brentford who actually built their philosophy? DS, from what I understand, was not the architect of the Brentford setup. Fwiw, I really hope he does bring copious knowledge that we can tap into to build a sustainable football club here.
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    Dean Smith

    Welcome Dean! I look forward to having my scepticism thrown back in my face
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    New Manager Speculation

    Well, guess we're going to find out now how much of a role that backroom staff at Brentford play.
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    New Manager Speculation

    I posted an article earlier in the thread that looks at Brentfords setup. This is what is said of Smith: "You want to win the game on Saturday, but you can't have someone who makes all the important decisions, and spends the money, with a time horizon of one week. That doesn't make sense," he explains. "You have a manager that's basically in charge of both short-term and long-term football strategy—in some clubs, even responsible for all transfers, finances." Ankersen likens Brentford's model to a clock: the head coach responsible for the second hand (day-to-day strategy); the directors of football—Ankersen and Phil Giles, who has a Ph.D. in statistics—responsible for the minute hand (medium-term strategy, focused on transfers and succession planning); and the board, including Benham, responsible for the hour hand (long-term strategy and objectives). "Most clubs who have a managerial structure end up living in the second," Ankersen says. At Brentford, Smith "doesn't have all these other responsibilities like doing deals, setting out the long-term football strategy—things like that. In that respect, he's got more focused responsibility here than he probably has in other clubs." Smith was recruited because he was viewed as a head coach who could adapt to Brentford's methods. "The philosophy of the club remains in place, and then we recruit a coach we think fits into that," Ankersen says. "When we interviewed Dean, we went through all this stuff again and again. We don't think that we have the perfect formula—we are open to his ideas—but generally speaking, he has to execute the club's strategy, and he has to add his way of doing that to it. He's an open-minded guy. That's why he's the head coach." https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2718752-brentfords-moneyball-way-to-beat-football-teams-with-huge-budgets.amp.html
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    New Manager Speculation

    I understand the sentiment, but I disagree. The top clubs need big name players and big name managers to sell shirts, get the sponsorship and endorsement deals, ensure tv time etc. While they may be able to build (eventually) a title winning side while spending less than top dollar, I can imagine there's very little appetite to do so. After all, would Pep want to manage a club who are going to be targeting young foreigners from lesser clubs, or would he rather be managing the best players money can buy? What about the fans, at home and abroad? There's no need for the top teams to do what Brentford are doing, so there's no appetite as it would be more trouble than it's worth to them. For lower PL clubs, survival is key. Again, there's probably very little appetite to willingly drop out of the PL and forgo the riches while the club is rebuilt. Even the risk of relegation would likely be too much to stomach. Like the age old adage on Wall Street "no one got sacked buying IBM", it's far easier to follow the herd, especially when there's so much at stake.
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    New Manager Speculation

    I agree. I suspect he'll be NDA'd to the hilt though, as I expect any new manager leaving a club would be.
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    New Manager Speculation

    DS wasn't the architect of the Brentford way. No doubt he plays his role, but there are others behind the scenes at the club that have major roles in defining Brentford Football Club. He also doesn't set or control their transfer activity. Again, he has a role to play, but stats and data analysts play a massive role in who they decide to look at and how those players will fit into the club's philosophy, and transfers are done by committee. To think Dean Smith plays a significant role in defining the way Brentford play and who they sign is incorrect, and I worry that because he didn't design the system at Brentford, and won't have the support network here that he has at Brentford, he won't be able to emulate what he's done with them.
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    New Manager Speculation

    I'd feel good if he was the architect. I don't believe he is. I think he's been told how he's expected to play, and he coaches that. I don't believe he decides how they play, I don't believe he identifies or decides who they buy to fit into their system. No doubt he's a very good coach, and no doubt Brentford play some nice football. I worry though that there's no experience there of giving a team an identity and there's no experience there of having significant control over transfer policy. The jury is out for me. If he comes in, I hope he proves me wrong.
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    New Manager Speculation

    They also note the Hogan transfer as an example of success for their recruitment policy. I've long considered data analytics to be the future of the sport. I can understand it would be extremely difficult for fans to get on board though if we sell Grealish and replace him with a 5 ft 2 german 2nd division player whose averaged 2.2 xGA over the last 40 games. That would be an incredibly difficult sell to the fans at most clubs.
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    New Manager Speculation

    All I can say is read the article. I'm not aware of Wolves or Fulham taking the same approach as described in the article, regardless of whether they call their manager head coach or not.
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    New Manager Speculation

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2718752 There's a long article that summarises Brentford's setup. A very interesting few paragraphs on Smith's role as well. He's a "head coach" as it's a conscious decision to limit the scope of his role at the club.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Ladbrokes clearly hedging their bets: have both henry and faria odds on
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    New Manager Speculation

    That's why he's down to 6's now!
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    New Manager Speculation

    Rodgers or Sanchez Flores for me. I'd take a fair amount of convincing if it was Smith. He's a small tooth in a big cog at Brentford from what I understand.
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    The Villa Finance Thread

    A third option: their lawyers/accountants believe there is a loophole(s) they can exploit to get money into the club without falling foul of FFP.