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    Default Luke Dowling - DOF

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    Nottingham Forest to bring in a director of football type person. Luke Dowling. Ex Watford and other places.


    Right out of leftfield! Here's a bit of reading about his time at Watford:

    http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/spo...ue_to_Watford/


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Cos the last couple of DoFs were so successful. No ta!


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Quote Originally Posted by J'Psycho'C66 View Post
    Alan Nixon‏

    Nottingham Forest to bring in a director of football type person. Luke Dowling. Ex Watford and other places.


    Right out of leftfield! Here's a bit of reading about his time at Watford:

    http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/spo...ue_to_Watford/
    If there is any truth to it, it actually makes sense. Watford of course, are a club that's owner has dual ownership and he would have worked with both clubs in regards to scouting and players.


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Hopefully he’s not here because he’s the manager’s mate.

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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    If Karankas given his blessing, this bloke looks to have a decent pedigree.

    If karanka sets the targets & Dowlings strength is negotiating favourable terms for the club , then theres no reason why everyone wouldnt be happy.

    Looks a better set up for the club than the last one.


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    Hopefully he’s not here because he’s the manager’s mate.
    Agree. It seems to be acknowledged (if not accepted) by most that the manager will only ever be a bad run away from his P45. So for the club itself to have some stability going forward, it is important that the DoF is less subject to the whims of the owner and also not directly tied to the manager. If one goes it is important that the other remains to ensure smooth transition and (hopefully) that the overall direction of the club remains unaffected.


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Bit more about Watford:

    "I look back on three very good seasons," he told talkSPORT. "I joined when we were a Champ club, but I felt Watford are established in the Premier League.

    "I oversaw the whole club, the manager, the players and recruitment, and helping recruit the medical side of it, as well as having an eye on the Under-23s and academy to make sure they’re filtering and doing similar things to the first team. The roles are different at other clubs.
    http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/spo...h_into_top_10/


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    "We want to make sure the academy and the first team are all on the same page and it has to be treated as one club"

    Given me a chubbby


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    Arggh my fucking head! So many singings and now this!


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Further confirmation from the Beeb.




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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Doesn't sound like a full-blown, "I call the shots", DoF to me. More like head of recruitment, chief-scout for British football, and, in general, an addition to the "football people" whom I was talking about the other day, saying that it shouldn't be just Karanka and Vrentzos making decisions.


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Fair to suggest he was the one who signed Guedioura, Watson + Pantilimon then?


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Sounds like a good addition.
    Such a contrast off the field to when Fawaz was owner.
    Fairly similar on the pitch so far but we have to start somewhere........


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Poor old Fawaz. He couldn't cope with two mates running the show, now have a full Hollywood cast list back there he would be totally stressed!


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    My concern with this position is that when it’s someones job to recruit new players they generally do that even when it’s not needed. They actively working against recruitment from the youth team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stockers View Post
    My concern with this position is that when it’s someones job to recruit new players they generally do that even when it’s not needed. They actively working against recruitment from the youth team.
    But if your role is to have an overview of the ability of Academy players, as well as recruit externally, then you're not going to need to spend if you can produce your own.
    You've then got more money to go out and buy the players that you need, but haven't got coming through the system?


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aylesbury Red View Post
    But if your role is to have an overview of the ability of Academy players, as well as recruit externally, then you're not going to need to spend if you can produce your own.
    You've then got more money to go out and buy the players that you need, but haven't got coming through the system?
    Agreed but it never works like that in reality.


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    Quote Originally Posted by valspoodle View Post
    Poor old Fawaz. He couldn't cope with two mates running the show, now have a full Hollywood cast list back there he would be totally stressed!

    I still laugh to myself about some of the stuff with Fawaz, when someone said we had the infrastructure of a Kebab Shop


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Quote Originally Posted by stockers View Post
    Agreed but it never works like that in reality.
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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Sensible appointment. He seems to have worked in some very challenging circumstances so he shouldn't be fazed by anything at the CG.


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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Confirmed by the club today, worth noting his job title is Sporting Director not Director of Football.




    https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/n...ting-director/


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    Sporting Director?

    Makes a change, we’ve had a few Cheating Directors in our time....

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    Default Re: Luke Dowling - DOF

    Quote Originally Posted by chriscl View Post
    Sporting Director?

    Makes a change, we’ve had a few Cheating Directors in our time....
    You mean the ones that” were in jail”, “were going to jail “ or “ should be in jail”.


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    Should be good at finding round pegs for round holes


 

 

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