West Bromwich Albion have the set-up in place to make sure the club can run efficiently and effectively, regardless of what division they find themselves in next season, according to manager Tony Mowbray.
While other clubs have operated on a boom or bust basis as they have chased the dream of becoming a Premiership force, often with horrific consequences, Mowbray held Albion’s business model up as an example of prudent and realistic planning, and believes relegation would not prove to be catastrophic if that is to be their fate.
The Albion boss also said his management structure, in which he works with sporting technical director Dan Ashworth as well as his coaching staff, is effective and he is comfortable not having complete control over the club like Sir Alex Ferguson does at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Ashworth was instrumental in the negotiations which brought loan signings Youssouf Mulumbu and Juan Carlos Menseguez to the club during the transfer window.
“Every club has its own agenda and job it sees for the manager,” Mowbray said.
“Some clubs have a director of football and some clubs have sporting technical director, and some clubs allow their manager to run the club, take control of it and see how they go. Ultimately, we all get judged on performances and results. I would suggest every club is different.
“Sir Alex Ferguson is in total control at United and everything that happens there, while Rafa Benitez seems to be involved in a little power struggle there to make sure he is in total control of his club, and I am sure Mr Wenger is in total control at Arsenal.
“It is almost strange that the teams that have been successful are the ones where the managers have had total control, and yet those are the world’s best managers and maybe that is the reason.
“It is the question what comes first, the chicken or the egg?
“I don’t have total control here and every club is different. I knew the remit when I came in, that the club was looking for a sporting technical director and ultimately we have got one. We have changed him but we still have one now.
“I work pretty closely with them hand in hand and it is a pretty important role the sporting director has got. And yet every manager wants to be in control of the players that come in and go out. Generally I have got pretty much a firm handle on that.
“The business is the business really and it is common knowledge that our club is run on a good business model. You can’t deny that.
“Not every club is run on a good business model, it is just how our club is run. Clubs run on huge debts because they are trying to get excellence on the pitch by buying the big players and spending the money, and how they cover those debts is they hope they get success off the back of it.
“Success brings more revenue and the problems never arise, and yet there are examples where that success hasn’t arrived.
“Look at Leeds United, they are a club which was ultimately relying on a Champions League place and when they missed the Champions League everything collapsed around them because they couldn’t afford the salaries. They didn’t get the revenue from the Champions League and their business model fell down.
“Ours is a pretty well-structured business model that will function either in the Premier League or in the Championship. We abide by that and get on with it.”