After seeing Alan Nixon’s Wednesday story on his Patreon, which you can subscribe to for a couple of a quid a month by clicking here, I knew that the line on Amadeu Paixao would cause a stir on #SWFC and beyond. So, as Amadeu was my chosen topic on Mastermind, I thought I would attempt to calm the nerves.
Last season, if you attended Wednesday games, you will have noticed that Amadeu wasn’t present most of the time. And, from what I understand, the reason for this is that in his role as a freelance football consultant, he’s been elsewhere, primarily in Europe. But, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t on hand to assist SWFC if required.
Recruitment is massive in football, as everyone knows. And, not every signing will be a hit. You’re aiming to get more right than you do wrong. But, how can you really know how a player will do until he’s in the door, training and playing? Who would have thought things wouldn’t have worked out for Lewis Wing at Wednesday, for example?
Personally, I feel Wednesday recruited well in the main last season. We brought players into the building who have Championship level experience under their belts, and some will more than hold their own in the league above. Again, my understanding is that the recruitment was led by Darren Moore and the in-house team, which includes David Downes.
If you know me and have read any of my previous articles, you know that I’d be telling you if there was a reason to be concerned about Amadeu. Neutrals in the football world have told me that he can be more of a help than a hindrance because of his contacts and the working relationships he has with clubs such as Chelsea and Wolves.
I think we did some good work last season, especially as we could only bring frees and loans. The blueprint is there, and while we may tweak things slightly, letting Darren lead the charge once again with those in the building is, and will be, the way to go. But, if Amadeu has the contacts and can connect us to clubs, whether it’s to secure a loan deal or whatever, then so be it.
I’d be the first to lose my head if I thought there was an issue here, but I assure you there isn’t. And, let’s face it, it’s League One. We won’t be chucking millions about on fees. And, because of the work we did last summer, we’re not going to be adding as many this time round.