Chelsea’s alleged reason for not having a director of football is worrying for many fans

It’s the international break, so plenty of football news sites are looking around for slightly more long term pieces to fill their pages and earn their clicks.

Football.London’s Oliver Harbord returns to the familiar theme of the director of football. In this piece, he claims to explain why the club doesn’t have one.

What he eventually concludes, is that it’s because they don’t want one – and with a transfer ban incoming anyway – don’t need one right now.

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The way he puts it implies the club will take one up when they find the right person, but they aren’t desperate right now. As Harbord points out, the current system does at least cut out the middle man between the boardroom negotiators and the manager.

On the other hand, if we go ahead and sack Sarri and continue our turnover of managers at a high rate, we may as well get someone in to oversee the changes and try and save us some of the ridiculous fees and give our squad building some direction in the long term.

The fact that senior figure at the club seem to think this setup is acceptable long term is worrying, to say the least.