Paul Robinson has applauded Aston Villa for handing Dean Smith the final say on transfers at the club.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claims it will “inevitably cost a manager his job” if he does not have control of the club’s recruitment.
Villa appointed Johan Lange as their new sporting director in July, the 41-year-old having previously worked for six years at FC Copenhagen in his native Denmark.
Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Johan Lange as the Club’s new Sporting Director.#AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 30, 2020
The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans revealed that Dean Smith will “pick the players” that come through the door at Villa Park but Lange will “contribute with options to consider”.
After the sacking of former sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch in July, following a summer of poor investment in 2019, the club reviewed and changed their transfer policy.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the new recruitment structure at Villa, Robinson said: “I really like that.
“If a manager has been given a squad of players that he does not want or does not particularly like it can be a problem.
“Back in the day the manager would have one chief scout and the recruitment policy would be dictated between the two of them.
“You cannot be called a manager if you are not in control of what players are coming in, you are more of a head coach. Football clubs work a lot better with a manager that has his players.
“At the end of the day it is a manager who has his head on the line if results aren’t coming in. If a manager is working with a squad of players that he does not want it will inevitably cost him his job.
“I think it is unfair. You are tying a managers hands behind his back.”
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