There is a small feature you can scroll to on the Owls’ website under the Team section called ‘Sporting Director Committee’.
After clicking on the link, just one name pops up: Glenn Roeder. There are then four paragraphs outlining the former Norwich City, Newcastle United and West Ham United manager’s background and credentials.
Eyebrows were raised when chairman Dejphon Chansiri set-up the committee last April, with Roeder and Adam Pearson brought in as advisers to work alongside Stuart Gray. After three weeks at Hillsborough, Pearson left to become executive director at his hometown club Leeds United and Gray was sacked in June, leaving Roeder as the sole representative of the original three-man management team.
The Owls warned the management structure would “evolve and potentially expand on an ongoing basis”, and drafted in Paul Senior and Jonathan Hill.
It is fair to say Roeder, Senior and Hill did not always see eye-to-eye on certain issues concerning recruitment and the development of the club. There have been some teething problems and it was no surprise to me that Senior and Hill left Wednesday last week, meaning Roeder is the last man standing again.
But that’s not strictly accurate. Head coach Carlos Carvalhal and Chansiri are also members of the committee, with Thai businessman Chansiri having the final say on all matters.
Clearly Chansiri, who has spent considerable hours of his own spare time studying in depth the beautiful game, felt this was the right moment to make a change behind the scenes.
Intriguingly in his statement, Chansiri confirmed: “I have quickly built up a global network of trusted advisors and I am confident the committee will continue to build further on the success I believe we have already achieved during the summer transfer window.”
There is a danger, of course, when a number of people are offering knowledge and expertise that it can cloud your judgement. While I don’t think that has happened for one minute with Chansiri, too many opinions risk affecting the decision-making process.
What is clear is that Chansiri is very much his own man and will carry on adapting the structure he has implemented in his quest to bring success to S6.