I imagine they'd both get a say, isnt this how it always works with a DoF and a manager?
Signing players without a manager's agreement would be just as bad as the other way around.
Yeah it can work in slightly different ways.
Common one is manager says I want a LB, say, with x, y, z qualities.
You would assume that the parameters such as age and price will be set by the club
DoF then presents lists of players who have those qualities and the manager picks which one he prefers
I would also suppose it’s not inconceivable that managers can present their own player(s) and if the DoF agrees with them and they fit in the club’s parameters (age, price) then it can work that way round.
Re Brands walking he’s,
a) not chosen either of the 2 previous, permanent managers since he’s been here, and
b) seemingly signed players who have been requested by said managers whilst also signing players who he has identified
I don’t see why this would be any different now and therefore why he would walk. The previous 3 years suggest that he knows the score and is happy with that arrangement. He signed a new deal a couple of months ago - I can’t believe that he was told that he’d have 100% control over transfers when they thought Ancelotti was still going to be here.
Also, if that wasn’t the case he wouldn’t need to wait for another job as whilst his reputation gets worse, I’d imagine that he’d have a pretty strong case for constructive dismissal as, the way things are taken, he has over half of his job taken away from him.
So I would suggest that the evidence points to him not being as emasculated as is feared and that he’s aware/ satisfied with the input from the owner re managers and the managers re players