Player Valuation: £10m
…I think that’s reasonable but I recall Walsh suggesting whoever identifies a target negotiates the deal.
I do agree both Brands and Benitez has the power of veto but I imagine Benitez is much more likely to exercise that power. There is also the added factor of Moshiri bringing in players.
i don’t believe the DoF model at Everton is as empowered as other DoFs when it comes to transfers. We can only assume what the process is and I think your assessment of finance control and links with the Board could be about right. He certainly wealds power at the club but the transfer waters are muddied.
I would assume that the club were massively unprepared for the summer window that has just gone, not least with Ancellotti leaving overnight but I think the severity of our problems with P&S rules didn't dawn on us until quite late.
We didn't even have 2m to spend in the summer. I highly doubt that Brands had some massive playbook on players that featured at the very bottom of the bargain basement barrel. In fairness to Brands, I would have relied on Benitez's contacts as well in that scenario and in fairness to both of them I think they made such a paltry amount of money travel a fairly long way.
My main issue with Brands is how we have gotten so perilously close to breaking P&S rules in the first place. Say what you will about who is selecting the targets and vetoing suggestions and whatever else, but keeping an eye on the accounts is entirely his responsibility and signing Rodriguez for example just 12 months before we had to completely cut costs down shows he is monstrously incompetent.