And that's where you have mistaken.
For the 1st para,lets be honest most of the people our owners have appointed haven't worked out so far. What if we hire the wrong man and it doesn't work out? LFC's future depends on it supposedly.
2nd para, usually in American sports(and I live in America), the scouts and GM recruit the players and the manager works with what he's got. Very little input is given on players recruiting,if any. So please do not compare the 2 the way our american owners have.
When Rafa worked at your club we did not give a crap about a DOF/a footballing man working behind the manager and he did do pretty well.
I want the roles of the personnel at our club clearly defined before I buy it.
I live in the States as well, so I'm well versed in the various roles in an American club. Who have our new owners appointed that hasn't worked out? Comolli, obviously, but I don't think there's been a rash of poor hires. We shouldn't be making our decisions based on fear of hiring the wrong man anyway; we should be performing our due diligence so that we hire the proper man. Your fear doesn't really disprove my argument in any way. If they're so bad at hiring then what's the difference if they hire a poor manager or a poor DoF and consolidate the power in either? There's the argument of whether a DoF is necessary or proper and then there's the argument for who you hire in the role.
Your interpretation of American sports is pretty far off. Yes the GM traditionally has the final say in player signings, but to think that a coach or manager has little say in the process is a bit naive. Do you think Grep Popovich or Bill Belichick just show up to work and see who's on the roster today? It's a process of discourse, especially in sports heavily reliant on system such as football (ours or American) and basketball. The GM works to bring in players who fit the manager's preferred profile and system.
No when Rafa worked here we did not give a crap because we were lucky enough to have one of the handful of managers in the world who possesses the intelligence, foresight, and aptitude to perform such a titanic role at a club. Look at when Rafa left, though; we were a sinking ship and we had nobody on hand to steady the boat. It's an extreme example due to the circumstances of Rafa's departure and the club's hierarchy at the time, but the point still rings true. When you have one man in charge of everything, you have nobody in charge of anything when he leaves. A DoF, or any like role, in theory allows for continuity across a football club. When the manager departs you still have someone guiding the ship with the same tenets of the club in place. The same goes for when the DoF leaves and the manager remains.
Who is failing to define the roles at the club? Just because a few of us on a message board don't know the exact hierarchy of the club does not mean the roles aren't clearly defined within the club. I'm sure Kenny understands his role in the overall structure even if you and I don't necessarily.