Derby County have decided against making a formal move for Brian Tevreden, according to the Derby Telegraph. Reading's Technical Director had been linked with making the move to the Midlands to replace the outgoing Chris Evans, but that now appears to not be going ahead.
This story sprung up a few weeks ago, when the Rams were reportedly looking to make Tevreden part of a new management structure at the club, which includes new boss Gary Rowett. However, the Reading Chronicle's Anthony Smith said this:
Have it on good authority #readingfc have not been approached by #dcfc over DoF Brian Tevreden. That's not to say they aren't interested— Anthony Smith (@Smudgersport) March 13, 2017
Today, the Derby Telegraph (who broke the original story) suggested that this interest has now ended:
"New manager Gary Rowett is expected to assess Derby's current scouting team in due course and any decisions on possible new appointments will be taken once that has been done."
One of the best bits of news we've had all season
Brian Tevreden is arguably the most important figure at the club right now. Having made a remarkably swift and competent adjustment to his role as technical director, he's overseen the rebuilding of Reading's playing stuff under a tight budget.
He's brought in the following: Tiago Ilori, Tyler Blackett, Liam Moore, Roy Beerens, Adrian Popa, Danzell Gravenberch, Sandro Wieser, John Swift, Joey van den Berg, Anssi Jaakkola, Reece Oxford, Yakou Meite, Joseph Mendes, Jordon Mutch, Lewis Grabban and Callum Harriott - with an average age of just over 24.
That's all been done for a limited amount of cash - here's what he told Natio Suriname a few days ago:
"Either way I won’t panic. An example: Newcastle United has invested £55 million in player recruitment. I spent £3 million.
If we're promoted to the Premier League there will be a clear plan and there will be specific purchases. We will absolutely not be throwing money down the drain. I have a whole team of young players with an average age of 24."
We've changed the wording from that extract a little bit as Natio Suriname's piece had shaky English. You can read the original copy here.
Side point - the Newcastle Chronicle were so taken aback by those quotes that they asked the question "Is Reading's technical director accusing Newcastle United of buying their way to promotion?"
Anyway, I digress. Retaining the Dutchman's services could be one of the best things to happen this season. Unlike in recent years, Reading now have a clear plan for player purchases that is sustainable in the long term both financially and in a footballing sense: invest in relatively cheap, young players who fit the Ajax style of football Jaap Stam is trying to introduce. Then, develop them at the club so that Reading end up with well-rounded, skilled footballers with high sell-on value.
Reading could replace Tevreden if he were to leave, but it would be far from easy.
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