Brexit has already had an impact on transfer clubs in England trying to close it in the future – but it could also affect decisions in the shelter.
Work permits, appeals, and regulations are nothing new to Premier League clubs when it comes to overseas transfers.
Even this season and more recently, the Reds have seen signings that they know cannot be used: Taiwo Awoniyi is still on loan as he never had a chance to replace the Reds. Brazilian midfielder Allan missed a game in red and the like Mark Gonzalez and Brad Friedel have experienced delays in the past as they waited for enough caps to be issued for a work permit.
That has now changed after Brexit. There are different criteria according to which players from different nations can join clubs in England.
Little had been confirmed about more executive appointments, however: which coaches, managers, and even sporting directors can now get jobs in Premier League clubs and further down the pyramid.
It’s not a good read, especially for non-elite sites.
The Mail report states that new rules state that managers must have worked in “top leagues” – unspecified competitions across Europe or three of the last five – for the past two years, or have been an international manager every five years .
While it wouldn’t have affected the Reds’ recent decisions of Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson or Gerard Houllier, Kenny Dalglish’s return after Hodgson’s departure would not have been allowed under these rules as he had not taken on a management appointment for some time before .
The appointment of Brendan Rodgers may also not have been allowed, depending on whether the championship is viewed as a “Top League”. The report does not indicate which levels apply to this collective.
The Ulsterman had Swansea in the Premier League for a year in 2011-12 before taking the Reds, but before that his teams were in the Football League.
Outside of Anfield, Man United would not have been able to appoint Molde, Norway-born Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and legendary Marcelo Bielsa would not have been admitted to Leeds as he had not completed a full three years in the previous five years relocating to Elland Road.
Norwich’s Daniel Farke, who came from Dortmund’s B-Team, and countless others in the second division and below, who moved overseas from smaller nations or clubs, were also not allowed to be appointed under the rules.
This extends to the appointment of coaches and even signings in the upper hierarchy for clubs that may wish to use recruiting and director specialists.
It’s further evidence that the game could change – or that the decisions only benefit a certain group of clubs and dilute the talent pool available in the country.