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headingly_mariner
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I listened with great joy to Alan Buckley before the game on Tuesday night. He spoke wonderfully about his philosophy on the game, I particularly enjoyed him saying if he was in charge he’d fine Hanson £100 every time he turned his back and started running so we could launch the ball.

He was then asked if he’d been interested in a director of football position and he confirmed he would be. Is this such a silly suggestion? For me it would say we are Grimsby Town and whoever the manager is, this is how we want to play football.
Growing up outside the town whenever I mentioned to people that I supported Town, it was always “they always play good football” “we always get played off the park there” it’s not something people say anymore. We are unlikely to be a top flight side, we are unlikely to win a cup, surely our ambition should be to play football and entertain from our youth team to our first team.

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Risking red x's but who cares ... Best post and idea for a long while on here Sir Alan as director of football, I had pleasure of supporting town whilst he was here, and would love to see him involved, do the right thing Mr Fenty.
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JF has said they are thinking of going down the route of a director of football to have continuity, and I can't think of anyone better than Sir Alan. Newport have Lawrence and they are performing way better than us with less supporters. Not so keen on their footballing style but the principle is a sound one. I think we should have gone down this route a long time ago personally but the board finally seem to be realising that we can't keep chopping and changing the set up every 12 to 18 months.
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What does a Director of Football do? Genuine question.


Fentys out
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Quoted from headingly_mariner
I listened with great joy to Alan Buckley before the game on Tuesday night. He spoke wonderfully about his philosophy on the game, I particularly enjoyed him saying if he was in charge he’d fine Hanson £100 every time he turned his back and started running so we could launch the ball.

He was then asked if he’d been interested in a director of football position and he confirmed he would be. Is this such a silly suggestion? For me it would say we are Grimsby Town and whoever the manager is, this is how we want to play football.
Growing up outside the town whenever I mentioned to people that I supported Town, it was always “they always play good football” “we always get played off the park there” it’s not something people say anymore. We are unlikely to be a top flight side, we are unlikely to win a cup, surely our ambition should be to play football and entertain from our youth team to our first team.

Twenty minutes uninterrupted chat with Matt Dean in the run up to the kick off. It was the best football conversation I have ever heard on RH, and was indeed a pleasure to listen to. As has already been mentioned on here, his recommendation for the manager’s job was Danny Wilson on account of his experience and past success. He felt we should be very wary of taking on a young, inexperienced manager from non-league, and before anyone accuses him of hypocrisy on the grounds that he himself came to Grimsby from Kettering, the fact is that he took Walsall to promotion and a League Cup semi- final as player- manager before he ever went there. As regards the quality of his Town teams, the football correspondent of the Independent newspaper wrote that Grimsby were the only team in the English game that played in the style of the then all conquering AC Milan. I also remember David Pleat saying on the radio that Paul Groves should have been in the England team. If Lennie Lawrence can do a job for Newport, you’d have thought that Alan could make a useful contribution at Grimsby.



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We dont need a Director of Football, but we do need Buckley at the training ground for a few weeks teaching them how to pass and move.
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He seems the perfect fit to me, managed over 1000 games (just like Lennie Lawrence), lives locally, available, knowlegable, clear footballing philosophy.

If we're looking at creating long term continuity away from day to day management who better are we likely to get.
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Oops! For some reason, the quote from Headingley Mariner didn’t appear in inverted commas as it should have done. Obviously, my reply is the bottom para.
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I think if you look at international football, all of the top nations have a footballing philosophy. The Germans will play the same formation from the youth teams right up to the first team, As do the French to Spanish and now do England.

Having a clear footballing philosophy from the ground up prepares you for players for the first team. Having somebody to oversee that is the way the modern game is going both at club and international level. I can think of nobody better to do that than Alan Buckley, not just because he knows the club and he is local, but he has that wealth of experience he can aid somebody.

A really good example of how this has been done is in Northern Ireland. Joe McAree at Dungannon Swift was a player, manager and now oversees the whole footballing operations of the club, making sure all youth teams play in exactly the same way as the first team, because you never know when these players may be called upon.
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What does a Director of Football do? Genuine question.


I'm not sure. At premiership clubs, they seem to be in charge of which players get bought, which seems like a daft idea that the manager doesn't choose who plays for him.

If it's to do with recommending a new manager and Danny Wilson is the best idea he has, then I think he's a bit too out of touch with the current game
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