So last night's clearly co-ordinated brief from the club that we had £100m to spend on a centre back if their name was Raphael Varane raised an obvious question to me. The entire principal of the way our club is run tasks the manager with identifying targets, choosing players, and telling the money men who he wants (we can argue about whether that is a good system or not, but there is another thread for it). However, in the past two windows, we've seen the club make two refusals to sign players that the manager wanted in Perisic and a centre half and, moreover, a refusal to sanction a sale of a player that the manager was clearly blasé about keeping in Martial. The respective merits of those decisions are not the topic of this thread, but what they clearly show is that when push comes to shove it is someone whose name isn't Jose Mourinho who gets the final say on footballing matters. And, well, who is that person? Is it Woodward alone, are there others at boardroom level who make these decisions alongside him? If so, who are they, and what experience do they have to suggest they can or should be making decisions about the squad? I suspect the answer to all those questions is unknowable, but I do wonder why people are so reluctant to us getting in a director of football who has these expertise rather than rely on the judgement of men whose experience of the corporate side of the business.