North East UK news Speakman: Uncertainty around Sunderland's league status not impacting contract negotiations PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Sunderland sporting director has given an update on the club's recruitment process following the arrival of Stuart Harvey

North East UK news Speakman: Uncertainty around Sunderland's league status not impacting contract negotiations PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Sunderland sporting director has given an update on the club's recruitment process following the arrival of Stuart Harvey

North East UK news  Speakman: Uncertainty around Sunderland's league status not impacting contract negotiations PremierLeague-News.Com
13 May 2021 - 09:46

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Kristjaan Speakman says contract negotiations are not being impacted by the uncertainty surrounding Sunderland's league status. The Black Cats face Lincoln City in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final next week, with a place at Wembley final at stake and possible promotion to the Championship. However, the Wearsiders have a whole host of players out of contract this summer, including top goal scorer Charlie Wyke and the influential Aiden McGeady. Speaking to the club's official podcast, Speakman gave an insight into how the Black Cats recruitment process will work following on from a restructuring. Speaking to the club's official SAFC Unfiltered Podcast, Speakman said: "You're running a process for player selections and retentions on meeting the philosophy and what we're trying to play. "Then you divide that into levels - can that player do what we're asking them to do in the Championship and then League One. Read More Related Articles 'Teams hate playing us' says Liam Bridcutt, ahead of Lincoln City's play-off showdown with Sunderland Read More Related Articles Joey Barton's glowing Louis-Dreyfus reference he gave to Black Cats staff prior to Sunderland takeover "There's obviously going to be a financial element to that because potentially players who want to play in Championship are going to require more money. I don't see it as an issue really. "Any business has got to be flexible and adaptable and we're no different. We're actually quite fortunate - we know what the two outcomes and parameters are. "Other businesses who are operating in today's environment, you don't know all of a sudden with coronavirus and it's completely ambiguous. "For us, it's clear what the two outcomes are going to be and we can plan around the two outcomes. We've got a really robust player recruitment process in there. It causes some anxiety I appreciate because the timeline looks quite short." Stuart Harvey (Image: Getty Images) Stuart Harvey's arrival from Blackburn Rovers to fulfil the role as Head of Recruitment saw another major vacancy filled following Kyril Louis-Dreyfus' takeover on Wearside. Speakman gave an insight into Harvey's role at the club - explaining Sunderland's new recruitment model, using traditional and data-led scouting analysis to compile player profiles for potential new players. "Stuart obviously hasn't been with us very long and he is highly-motivated to try to build a model for us which is both using the subjective and the objective," Speakman said. "So watching the games and understanding how the players behave on the pitch - because obviously there's a lot of things data doesn't tell you, that you want to get an eye on it to understand body language and things like that. But we want to spread ourselves to be able to analyse and observe as many possible players as we can. "It stands to reason that if you go down a traditional video route or live scouting route, you've got to watch a lot of games over a lot of hours. Read More Related Articles Sunderland will be ready for the 'magic' of the play-offs, says Carl Winchester Read More Related Articles Former Sunderland target Mo Eisa transfer listed after promotion but won't come cheap "What we're trying to do is merge those two areas together so we can run data that is specific to us - we're not using a generic tool. So we recently put together our player profiles for each position.

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. "We can then say we need this out of a right-back in the data, and we can then go through a subjective viewpoint of getting different scouts to watch them against an assessment criteria against that profile. "Then we can start to get to more of a shortlist and sort, prioritise and then run the shortlist through the data again - but maybe you can tweak the dials on certain things to start to really hone down on certain players. "Ultimately we're looking for the right players for the squad, but we're also looking for value. The players who might perform better than what the eye suggests." New Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson with sporting director Kristjaan Speakman (right) (Image: Sunderland AFC via Getty Images) Lee Johnson' s arrival as head coach prompted questions from Sunderland fans in relation to how much control the former Bristol City boss would have over transfers. However, Speakman insists that Johnson will have the "final say" on incoming players, but added that his own role in terms of managing both the budget and the development of the squad was equally important. He said: "It's always a question that gets raised because there's always this sort of start point that everyone has a different position. "If you think about a top-down approach, and an identity that you're trying to create for Sunderland, then you've got this footballing philosophy and then you've got a game model and you're looking for players to fit the game model. "If we all understand the identity, the football philosophy and the game model then you shouldn't be too far apart on the players you're looking for to fit it. Therefore you're starting to really discuss the various intricacies of that list of players. Read More Related Articles Ticket details released for Sunderland's play-off semi-final against Lincoln City Read More Related Articles The Lincoln City play-off hoodoo that could work in Sunderland's favour "Ultimately, it has to fit a financial model and it has to fit the needs of the squad composition. That's where I'm responsible in terms of making sure the squad composition is correct, it fits in with the succession planning, and it meets the financial elements of either the budget or the long-term planning. "But then it has to be a player that Lee wants to pick in the team, otherwise there's absolutely zero point. So if you like, the final decision is Lee's. "We're providing lists and shortlists and then we're trying to adjust. Read More Related Articles Play-off survey: Who should start? How confident are you? Is Lee Johnson the man to take Sunderland up? "It might be we feel they're a player that we want to acquire and then we have to adjust the financials to try to make it work by maybe compensating in other areas. "That is just working as an effective team. We certainly had that in January with a smaller team of people - mainly myself and Lee - and now we're got the opportunity and the scope to widen that out. "And the different views are really important, what you don't want in these situations is as the group we convince ourselves that this player is the best solution - it's important we get different views. "We've just created a model for this transfer window which we'll run, a process that we'll stick to, and therefore we can evaluate back against that."

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