Ivan Gazidis said that in order to ensure the recruitment process wasn’t tainted by personal opinion, he, Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat didn’t discuss candidates in any detail during the process which saw them decide on Unai Emery as the new head coach.
Earlier, the chief executive outlined the steps they went through to appoint the Spaniard, but strangely said communication between them was limited before they came to their final decision.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, he said, “We went through a pretty wide-ranging discussion, challenging each other on as much as we could on preconceptions and assumptions we might have had going into the process.
“By the way, all the way going through the process, Raul and I and Sven spoke to each other as little as possible.
“Because we didn’t want to pollute each other’s viewpoints from the discussions we had had. We wanted to come to the discussion fresh when we had been through all eight of the finalist candidates.
“We narrowed it down to three. We spent an entire day discussing among those three.
“At the end of the day, three of us all wrote on a piece of paper, 1, 2, 3, and put them into the middle of the table.
“And the choices were all 1, 2, 3 the same. And Unai was at the top of all of our lists.”
The old three envelopes trope. Lovely stuff.
Anyway, we’re on board with Emery who seems like a sensible appointment. A Europa manager for a Europa League team, and hopefully both can kick on to better things.
The 46 year old has signed a three year contract.