What is his role in a football team?
After asking that question time and again and getting varying answers, I was compelled to check out the world wide web for sureties.
There too, I got different stories, which really bordered on the country in question.
So I compared English, Spanish and Italian football.
In England, where the head coach is referred to as a manager, technical directors are rarely used to success, because their roles with the manager, which is to manage the playing unit, clash.
In Spain, it is split in a way, as the coach manages the playing unit, while the technical director overlooks the squad and acts in terms of transfers and the likes.
In Italy, the Technical director is in many ways a boss to the head coach, where he is in-charge and makes decisions at times, but in co-ordination with the coach.
All the above, thanks to the World wide web.
In other words, the styles of management vary in the different countries due to the set-ups and cultures. In England, the coach is the boss, In Spain it is split halfway, while in Italy, the director usually runs the show.
In Kenya, recently, there has been a wave of such appointments.
Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Ulinzi Stars, Sofapaka, Oserian among others, have been using or mulling the idea of such a person in a team.
Question is though, what is their job?
At Gor and Leopards, Anaba Awono and Jan Koops eventually ended up being coaches later on, while at Ulinzi, Sofapaka and Oserian, it is said that the guys in-charge are usually the technical directors.
So what is the point of having a technical director in Kenyan football, if in essence, they are coaches?
Coaches and politics
As they do end up coaching in the end, what is the use of the said people in a club.
At Gor and Leopards, ever since they got rid of that position, they have done very well. At the other three clubs, it has has been a case of self-destruction really.
Youssuf Chippo, Francis Kimanzi and Gilbert Selebwa really have got nothing to offer their respective clubs other than politick, put pressure on and discard coaches.
Their roles are undefined and if you hear people in the know talking, they are the reason their clubs are doing poorly.
They are the cause for the failure at the clubs.
As the explanations on England, Spain and Italy showed, the Technical Director and coaches have defined roles.
Here in Kenya, they have no roles.. Or do they?
I need an explanation.