Stamford Bridge caretaker boss out of the loop?
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo admits he wasn’t involved in their deal for Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin.
The Germany international’s signing was confirmed on the eve of yesterday’s derby win over QPR.
“I tend to give my recommendation but, ultimately, the club decides who they want to sign,” Di Matteo said.
“He’s a very good player, technically very good, skilful. He will add some qualities to this team.”
Whilst it’s by no means unusual that a manager in today’s game is not necessarily across all the ins and out relating to the signing of new players one would hope that the boss of a club would still have a bit more to do with such matters than merely giving ‘a recommendation’.
One may wonder if Roberto Di Matteo’s involvement, or lack thereof, in the signing of Marko Marin, could be more to do with Roman Abramovich’s long term plans regarding filling the vacant spot left by Andre Villas-Boas than to do with the path the modern game has gone down.
Liverpool got rid of Damien Comolli and perhaps there is no real need to have a ‘director of football’ in place when in the previous decades a manager was more than capable of viewing scouting reports and making a judgement call on players that they, and not others, have earmarked to bring to the club?
Marin is a quality player and the German international’s imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge could mean that Florent Malouda’s days are numbered or perhaps Daniel Sturridge will get his wish and find himself used in a more central role.
The Werder Bremen man is able to play on either flank and has electric speed and it will be interesting to see how the pint sized 23 year old copes with the physical nature of the Premier League next term.
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