Since Atlanta United have been active in the summer transfer window, a lot of debate has sprung up about the club’s manager or lack thereof. “How can you buy players without knowing who the manager is?” — seems to be the sentiment among most questioning the process of signing players.
Kenwyne Jones is a veteran of the sport and one of the club’s key signings this summer. He gave an insightful Q&A to The Telegraph and sort of addressed this conundrum. Why sign with a team that doesn’t have a manager? Simply put, he loves the direction that the club’s front office is leading them in.
“Being a new franchise, there will be challenges, it’s a part of the growth process. I’m really confident in the people at the top of the administrative side of AUFC – they are all football people with lots of experience both on and off the field. It’s definitely a journey that I’m looking forward to.” -Kenwyne Jones; Source: The Telegraph
While rumors have started to pick up about the appointment of Atlanta United’s first ever manager, the resounding opinion of the players signed so far is that the club’s philosophy and style will be coming from the front office already in place.
Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra appear to have a focused vision on what they want the expansion franchise to become. Jones, Hector Villalba, and Chris McCann seem to have bought in and trust them with their vision. Now the goal is to find a manager to do the same.