Alan Biggs at Large: Let the coach coach and be free of transfer talk

Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach
Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach
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One side effect of the widespread reconstruction of club “management” - as is the case at Sheffield Wednesday - is that it might eventually ease the obligation on all of us media types to constantly ask the “boss” for transfer updates.

Sometimes managers won’t know anyway and it’s certain they can’t say even if they do.

It doesn’t mean news won’t come by other means and some clubs – enlightened in my view – run an informal lobbying operation that can steer the story in their favour as well as helping the journalist.

I wonder if this should happen more, not less, to counteract the power of agents who have cornered the media when it comes to driving transfers.

The main point, though, is that a head coach can get on with taking responsibility for selections and performances.

In that respect, I’m persuaded that embracing transfers as well is too big a job in the modern game – providing he has a major say and doesn’t have to “manage” a player he doesn’t want.

As for the transfer questions fans understandably demand, they are often a waste of time.

And you can’t blame the Chansiri regime for taking secrecy to a new level, on transfers at least.

All that matters is the players they deliver and you’d expect the trickle to turn into a steady flow.

Big task for Carvalhal to mould a team on the hoof but then late recruitment seems to be the way of the new world order.