This is taking ages however, what are your views on the names being bandied around?
I once asked a question around how a technical director would work with a manager.
Ray came up with one response which I largely agree with - i.e. they present the manager with a bunch of potential targets based on the club's direction and ethos, the manager and coaching team makes a choice as to who they want, and then proceed to negotiate almost to the signature to get that player (I reckon the technical director would play a big role here to make that happen personally), while the financial director sanctions the budget.
This considered - I totally agree with Gary Neville that you want 'First in class' operators working in this role. Especially considering we love Ole, but are not 100% on how good a manager he'll be, and for some, that's putting it mildly. We used to vilify Phelan (after Querioz left), but in that coaching setup, he's the most deserving of his role based on actual achievements.
On to the actual Technical Director / DOF role:
How come for a club this size, and with a job this huge, the names we're looking at are mostly players who just retired, have never played outside England, and have no experience of the role?
There was the RB Leipzig superstar fella (which looks more and more unlikely with the names being thrown around these days and with the other suitors being mentioned) but you have to wonder the thinking with the rest of them.
Perhaps we're trying to do an Ajax and we're looking to get people who have the ethos ingrained in them to occupy key roles, which would make sense, however, these names have ZERO track record. If we were going for that, we've had ex players who have managed, dealt with transfers, etc. but we're not hearing about them - that way you get the ethos, and maybe '28th in class' or thereabouts at least!
The more cynical read on things is that we're truly seeking the cheapest options, and actually looking for Woodwardian puppets
Your views folks?