A move like this contradicts everything that the club have been saying.
This makes me think that there could be change on the way, but at the same time I’m not going to get my hopes up that things are going to be different any time soon. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, Craig Gardner will take up the role of first-team coach at the end of the season, transitioning from his role of player-coach that he holds right now.
Speaking about the appointment, Pep Clotet told BCFC.com that:
“If he’s so happy to make this step in his career it’s because he’s seen that this club is going in the direction that he wants it to be and that’s another important point for us.”
He mentions there about the club going in the right direction, and although it might seem a small thing, I still maintain that it’s huge going forward and needs to change.
The fact that Clotet is being allowed to now assemble not just the squad, but have a say in what goes on with his backroom staff, to me says that the club are allowing him a lot more control over every aspect of the club, and logic would dictate that he’s gaining more and more trust from the board.
So why haven’t they gone the whole way and made taken the ‘caretaker’ title away from him? As the board said earlier this month, they aren’t looking for anyone to replace him, and his influence on the club is growing, so why not just
It comes back to what I said back in August, and the fact that the point still holds up now really does say something about the way the club is being run. How can the club go about giving him all this power and control, but not yet fully trust him with the title of head coach, with a title that still gives the impression that he could be gone at any moment and everything at the club gets sent back to square one?
Should Pep Clotet be appointed 'head coach' rather than just 'caretaker'?
If I was Clotet, I’d be demanding answers, and sooner rather than later.