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backroom boy

Someone who advises a public figure or maintains a professional role that does not garner public attention. Originally used to describe scientists and technicians who worked without public knowledge or recognition in the United Kingdom during World War II. Primarily heard in UK. Although he is a skilled political strategist, he lacks the charm and charisma necessary to run for office himself and, therefore, is likely to stay a backroom boy for the rest of his career.
See also: backroom, boy

the boys in the back room

A group of men engaged in clandestine decision-making. We're not fools—we know that the boys in the back room actually have all the power around here.
See also: back, boy, room

the boys in the back room

 and the backroom boys
Fig. any private group of men who make decisions, usually political decisions. (See also .) The boys in the back room picked the last presidential candidate. The backroom boys have decided too many things in the past. Their day is over.
See also: back, boy, room
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Osian Roberts may have missed out on the top job with Wales but he could yet be a key member of Ryan Giggs' new backroom team
Doing section work is almost impossible if you can't walk through the backroom.
It remains to be seen whether Joe Jordan, Jonathan Woodgate and Paul Jenkins - all of whom were brought into Boro's first-team set-up by Agnew - will be given a role in Monk's new-look backroom team.
McAllister managed Coventry City and Leeds United before spells on the backroom staff at Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.
As part of the annual tradition, Backroom raffled exciting prizes.
The United manager has been questioned for clearing out Ferguson's successful backroom team to bring his own people with him from Everton, the report added.
But now he will form part of Redknapp's backroom team as QPR try to secure an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League.
David Moyes is considering asking Phil Neville to join him at Manchester United next season as part of a new-look backroom team.
MANILA -- This hot season, Backroom is out to make show business a little more interesting by introducing nine new artists who are out to make their own mark in the industry.
In one sense, a smoothly operating backroom is the first step to a well-run store.
However, O'Neill doesn't seem too concerned about his new side's lack of cutting edge up front, explaining: "The backroom staff have been telling me that we have been creating chances in games but have been unable to put them away.
LIVERPOOL last night hinted that more changes to manager Kenny Dalglish's backroom team are imminent after confirming the departure of Sammy Lee.
Shearer had lined up his backroom staff ahead of the move until he got cold feet and turned down a return to the hot seat.
Clarke, who played over 500 senior games for St Mirren and Chelsea, is the first addition to new manager Kenny Dalglish's backroom staff following the departure of Roy Hodgson on Saturday.
gave to me, six digital billboards, five backroom deals