There has been plenty of talk this week about the relationship between managers and directors of football in this country.
Having a director of football overseeing all aspects of the game is something which is much more common across Europe than it is here but it is growing as clubs look to the future.
I think there are certainly pros and cons with the system.
When you’re a manager without working with someone in that position you have more things to concentrate on. As well as the team and match day, you’re dealing with player recruitment, scouting, overseeing the Academy and all that.
That is something I love doing. I’m massively into having a huge part of all that, especially with recruitment. Although I don’t know for certain because I’ve never been in that position, I think I might struggle if someone else was doing those things instead.
I imagine you would feel as though someone has chopped your arm off when you’re so used to it.
But I can also see the pros of the system. It would allow you to concentrate on being on the training pitch a lot more.
When you’re a head coach rather than a manager in overall control, you plan, take training and are out on the pitch every single day. Sometimes the logistics of being manager means you can’t always do that.
For it to really work with the club’s best interests and future in mind, everyone has to have the same philosophy and be pulling in the same direction with the same ideas.
You can’t have a director of football thinking one thing and wanting to play one style and have a manager or head coach wanting to do it a different way because you’ll be in conflict straight away.
As long as everyone knows their jobs, the better you will be going forward. You have to have a good, complimentary relationship or it will not work.
I have that with my assistant Brian Horton. He is different class with his experience and knowledge in the game. He helps me without realising it sometimes, just talking about the game and picking things up here and there.
It is a really good system for building an overall philosophy for the club and helping create a sustainable future.
n Anyone hanging around after the Port Vale game last weekend may have seen some of the coaching staff doing their own training on the pitch.
Paul Butler, Paul Gerrard and our analyst Adam Smith were doing some running and it wasn’t punishment for us losing. They’ve got into their heads that they want to keep themselves fit.
I’m sure their missuses have probably told them they’re putting on a bit of timber. I think Paul Gerrard is trying to get his man boobs down.