A ground-breaking new management team, which is a shift towards a more continental model, but with an English twist.
It is a bold move by Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri to bring in Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder to work alongside head coach Stuart Gray as part of a new three-man football committee at Hillsborough.
Quite a few football clubs in this country have appointed sporting directors and gone down the director of football path. However, this three-man task force, which is charged with returning the Owls to the Premier League by 2017, is unique and the committee “will evolve and potentially expand on an ongoing basis”, according to the statement Wednesday released on Monday morning.
Some Wednesdayites may feel the double appointment threatens to undermine Gray’s authority and casts further doubt over his long-term future. What Chansiri would argue is that Pearson and Roeder’s arrival will allow Gray to focus on what he is good at and what he enjoys doing - coaching the team on the training ground.
By adopting a European concept, Chansiri is, in theory, taking some of the pressure off Gray and spreading the workload. By delegating responsibility to several people, it could, ultimately, prove to be a clever piece of thinking. Only time will tell.
Pearson and Roeder, as ‘advisors to the chairman’, bring a wealth of experience, expertise and could turn out to be the best additions Chansiri makes this summer.
While Chansiri’s knowledge of the beautiful game is improving by the week, he readily accepts he is is still learning the nuances of English football. In adding Pearson and Roeder to his team, the Bangkok-based businessman has demonstrated he is a canny operator in turning to two wise men who have pedigree and know-how at the highest level.
For the innovative concept to work, Gray must have complete control over team selection and coaching matters. Chansiri has stressed that will fall under the head coach’s job remit.
It will also be crucial that the committee work closely together and are on the same wavelength regarding player recruitment. Things could quickly unravel if everybody is not singing from the same hymn-sheet.