I don’t think anyone can dispute that Roland Duchatelet has spent a few million at CAFC . The problem is that he hasn’t spent it wisely .
- The CEO he employed , who was not at all qualified for the job was a terrible hire and has proved to be a hugely expensive disaster
- The managers he hired had no experience of UK football and have all been fired at great cost. There have been a succession of additional assistant managers , coaches and assistants who have all been fired also at great cost.
- Virtually all the players purchased over the last 3 years , either from foreign clubs or young premiership reserves have proved to be useless and not value for money . For example , instead of buying the best young centre half in division1 for £1.5m , we paid the same amount for Nabi Sarr. As we all know , the list of expensive duds is endless , all purchased at some cost . Who can forget the lumbering figure of Christophe Lepoint . Arthur Horsfield was in the lounge that day and he must be 65 , but I would have preferred him on the pitch to Lepoint.
As they say , a fool and his money are easily parted and in the case of Roland Duchatelet , that phrase is written for him.
He could fix it all by firstly hiring a proper British experienced CEO with a true understanding of our culture, secondly a young hungry , preferably British manager with some success on their cv and thirdly letting them buy the best players from Leagues 1 and possibly 2 with a smattering of clever experience from the championship and loans from the premiership.
Can someone get him in a room and read him the ‘How we did it at Bournemouth by Eddie Howe story” – or indeed ” How we were about to get to the play offs when Tony Jiminez ran out of someone else’s money ” by Chris Powell. it’s just not that complicated.