What IS the remit for a dof if this isn't it?
If you asked me what I expect from a DOF I would think something like what @NickNack wrote tbh.
To assist the manager and source players for him, plus some oversight in youth development structure and practices.
What you or anyone else might wish a DOF was doing isn't really relevant to those in charge at the club. They do what is required as per their remit from their employers.
Brands seems very much to do the following:
- identify under 23 prospects for the future.
- identify young players who hopefully can contribute now (Godfrey / Kean).
- Identify domestic players who can slot in right now that meet what the manager has requested.
I believe he also has some dealings in regards finding clubs to sell / loan existing squad members to.
He also oversees the youth team setups to a degree I think, albeit I think we've all expressed a desire for him to have a greater power here.
I'd say that's a pretty standard DOF remit. Stuff the manager and chairman don't get involved with. This idea that the DOF sets a style of play and finds managers to always just slot in to is is pie in the sky, especially when a club has a chairman who clearly likes to pursue big name managers.