“A committee is like an animal with four back legs” – George Smiley, quoting Spymaster Karla, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
Nevertheless, a 5 man “find the next Fulham manager” committee is what we have. Shahid Khan has noticed that post Hodgson we’ve made a series of poor decisions and now intends to do things differently. Well done him.
There’s a fan on board, one David Daly, but not just any fan. Daly is a senior director at Nike.
Huw Jennings is included, which is good and acknowledgement of what’s most important for this club for the next few seasons.
Brian McBride has always seemed like a nice man. I’m not clear what Brian will be bringing to the table, which sounds a lot harsher than it’s meant to. Another perspective probably, which is fine. McBride’s a bright man and probably a sensible addition here.
Danny Murphy is very bright and clearly ‘gets’ Fulham. My reading of him is that he’s quite conservative in his footballing beliefs and would be the kind to advocate a British manager where possible, but I have nothing to base this on. He would be well connected within the game and could ‘sound out’ possible candidates on the grapevine.
Niall Quinn seems like a footballing good egg and has been in the dressing room and the boardroom, and, let’s face it, seen some good examples of how these things can go wrong while at Sunderland.
Will these five wise men come up with an answer to Fulham’s woes? Maybe, maybe not, but Khan earns points for at least going about all this in a transparant and outwardly sensible fashion. The alternative could have left him open to various unwanted accusations, so choosing a team of respected (which they all are, more or less) experts to lead the process makes every sense.
Unless I’m misreading the situation it’s not lovely for the CEO, but I think we were sort of getting that.
Me, I hope Kit Symons gets a bit longer. Amid all the excitement is the simple fact that under him we’ve shown capabilities of winning football matches, and if we haven’t quite resembled Brazil 1970 yet, then perhaps it’s not that easy to turn around a team that’s been mistreated so. My preference would be for Kit to keep the job until such a point as he proves he isn’t up to it, at which point the league of extraordinary gentlemen step in with their dossier of possibilities and we recruit based on that.
But we’ll see, eh?