It’s hard to say whether it’s right to blame Mark Cartwright’s or not as his role within the club was cover in a cloud of mystery
Liam Lawrence On a recent section on P&G alluded to something that I was of the understanding years ago and have mentioned a few times before, but for those that have missed it here is what I understand.
When Hughes was appointed he knew he had to rebuild his reputation & did not want to rock the boat. Hughes put to the recruitment team the type of player he wanted and Cartwright used his database of knowledge and club scouts to find suitable players to fill the role Hughes wanted. Hughes then picked a player he wanted the most out of the 3 or 4 offered to him.
After gaining his 3rd 9th place finish it all changed as Everton asked Stoke to speak to Hughes about the Everton job, Stoke refused the approach and Hughes wasn’t best pleased. He basically spat his dummy out and wanted to take control of the recruitment as he said he couldn’t achieve any higher than 9th with the current structure. He was given the control and that’s when we went from the likes of Arnautovic, Shaqiri and other players who had points to prove to the likes of Wimmer, (who was Mark Bowen’s scouting by the way)and Imbula a player Hughes wanted due to his performance against us in a friendly.
Even though Hughes got his way with recruitment he was still miffed at the missed chance to manage Everton and basically down tools, very rarely did he take training and if he did was rather stand offish.
What amazes me more is when Rowett was appointed he wanted the same full control over signings that Hughes had when he was sacked. Scholes disagreed with a few of the signings, in particular McClean to the point that Rowett almost left but for John Coates sanctioning the signing.
Jones has the control too even though Mark Cartwright was the bloke who put Nathan Jones’s name into the hat for the managers job due to their friendship back when both played for Brighton.
Cartwright has left has he feels he has not been used for 3 years now and has just basically built up a dossier of player for no reason.
It will be interesting as how transfers are done in the future with Mark Cartwright leaving. Mark’s role has yet to be filled with the incoming Phil Chapple taking over the role left by Kevin Cruickshank rather than Cartwright’s role.
I suppose any appointment or not in the director of football role will depend on who’s managing the side.