Coleman completes Drobny deal
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman confirmed that the club have completed a deal for Jaroslav Drobny.Fulham boss Chris Coleman has confirmed that the club have completed a deal for Czech keeper Jaroslav Drobny.
The agreement, first revealed on skysports.com, sees the 25-year-old join his new team mates in the summer from Greek club Panionios.
Drobny had previously declared his delight with a move to the Premiership, and now his new boss has praised the shot-stopper, who will have to supplant Edwin van der Sar and Mark Crossley to get a starting place.
"Drobny will give me three first-team keepers to choose from," said Coleman.
"He's got good hands and is at a good age, so will only get better.
"I was impressed by his attitude when I met him and I'm looking forward to his arrival. It will be good for Mark and Edwin to have some more competition."
Meanwhile, Coleman has also confirmed that he is looking to bring in ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, and clarified what his role would be at the West London club.
Coleman was quick to deny that Brown would fulfil any duties normally associated with a director of football, a role that Fulham would be wary of given Franco Baresi's ill fated spell in 2002.
Brown, who has been out of work since being sacked by Preston at the start of the season, will assume scouting responsibilities as the Fulham boss is keen for the club to expand their network on the continent.
Brown spent 16 years at the Scottish FA in a variety of roles, and contributed to three World Cup campaigns, and it is this wealth of experience that Coleman hopes to exploit.
"I don't believe a club should have a director of football," said Coleman.
"I don't want someone above me bringing players in that I didn't know about, and I'll never change that view.
"Instead, I've been talking to Craig Brown because of his connections in Europe; he has incredible experience as a former international manager.
"We're looking at bringing him in a scouting capacity, he wouldn't have anything to do with the academy and would not be director of football.
"We need a bigger scouting network and should be searching for players in Europe a bit more, this is something we've been thinking about for some time.
"We've been looking at different people but Craig seems perfect for the job. It would be a real coup if we managed to persuade him to join us."
However one man who certainly won't be moving to Craven Cottage is Welsh defender Ben Thatcher.
It originally appeared as though the Manchester City man would move during the January transfer window, although negotiations subsequently broke down.
"It's disappointing we couldn't get Ben, I thought we had him," said the Fulham boss.
"Ben wanted to come to us and we wanted him but couldn't agree on a lot of things in the end."