Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio says he'll have final say on incoming and outgoing transfers.
The installation of Di Canio in the role of head coach marks a switch to a continental-style approach, with another Italian Roberto De Fanti due to be confirmed as the club's new director of football this summer.
Di Canio told the Evening Chronicle: "I know that the club have a plan and the picture is clear before me of how it will work.
"I am head coach, the others have to handle the financial situation.
"I have said to them we need this type of player, this type of quality, in this position or that position.
"So show me the players we can go and get and I will tell them 'yes, this player is OK', or 'no this player is not'."