It's interesting how common the there is here that the Director of Football should have an extensive personal knowledge of players here.
Given that football clubs tend to have an extensive network of scouts, with a scout for each country/region, I'm not sure how realistic that is. Would Marc Overmars, coming from a stint as an academy coach, have had this knowledge when he became Ajax's director of football? I doubt it.
It'll be interesting to see just how hands on whoever comes in will be and how the responsibilities are spread between the manager, the director of football and, say, a chief scout/head of recruitment.
It's important that there's a clear structure in place and until we actually know what that is, it's difficult to say what the most important qualities will be.
What I'd personally like to see is a long-term appointment of somebody with a long-term vision for the club from the academy up. Somebody whose main role is to identify and appoint managers that fit our style/identity. Somebody who can sit down with the manager, the head scout and whoever else to draw up a list of possible players, but with the manager giving the final say on players brought in.
Fuck knows who that could be, though.