"I try to help the coach," said Giraldi, who is very hands on. He regularly runs the rule over training, attends team meetings and is a presence in the dressing room. "I'm close with the Head Coach as that is what I love to do. I will do my best to help them in every aspect. We will have confrontation but we want to have one voice from the club to the coach.
"I think every coach who worked with us can be happy with us. We respect their decision making but we do challenge and question them as we are here every day. I am happy with Walter. He likes the confrontation and is happy to change if he sees things are not going well."
When the Hornets do change the Head Coach and stress test their model, the recruitment knowledge, the scouting network and the all-important relationship with agents doesn't go with the outgoing coach. That remains in the building under lock and key with the likes of Giraldi who ensures continuity.
"Lots of technical directors and sporting directors stay on the coach's side as that can be an easy way for them to have a career. If the coach moves, they will go with him. I am clear since the beginning that I am a club person, a club man," says Giraldi.
You can tell that by watching just how animated he gets during a game. "It's terrible," he says. "I really suffer a lot. Thank God I have no camera on me. I really enjoy it, I live with great passion. I love the club and I feel the shirt."