People are willing to pay their doctors for their annual check-up. I think people should start paying someone to give them an annual financial checkup.
It would be useless to go through all that soul searching to choose the fund that suits you only to find that the investment manager can do all that she likes with the fund.
You need to find out if they have been fairly consistent.
That will determine whether he should go aggressive or conservative, whether he should go for growth funds or balanced funds. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fund or fund managers.