Paddy Kenny: Sheffield United are already planning for life after Jokanovic
Sheffield United are already planning for life after newly-appointed manager Slavisa Jokanovic.
That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about reported imminent changes to the club’s scouting and recruitment strategy.
Yorkshire Live claimed on 13th June that the new manager will have less power over transfers compared to his Bramall Lane predecessors.
Under the last managerial incumbent, Chris Wilder, transfers were manager-led but owner Prince Abdullah is said to have had doubts over this methodology.
But, although Jokanovic will still have the final say over recruitment, more voices are set to be introduced to the overall process.
Managers’ tenures are often short and, according to Kenny, United may have had this in mind when choosing to overhaul their transfer operations.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Personally, I like it when the manager sources a player and has the final decision on him.
“But managers come and go that quickly now, you can see why they have more of a scouting system in place.
“That’s why it’s often a case of having a coach rather than a manager nowadays. The club will say: ‘We buy these players and you coach them and fit them into your team’.
“You could have a manager that comes in, signs five players and then he could be gone in 12 months. You’ve got to prepare.”
Jovanovic has two Championship promotions under his belt.
The first came with Watford in 2015 and the second with Fulham three seasons later.