Date: 22nd April 2007 at 12:46pm
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Arsene Wenger has admitted that he needs a director of football to replace David Dein.

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Wenger and Dein worked very closely together in running the club.

As Wenger explains, he handled the footballing side of things while his partner in crime handled the business side of things.

That’s not all. Wenger has also stated his intention to hand pick Dein’s replacment himself.

‘There will definitely be a director of football coming and it will definitely be my choice,’ Wenger told the News of the World.

‘That is something I will be looking at soon. At the moment I am doing both jobs – the one that David Dein used to do and my own.

‘I was in a good position before because I would handle the football side and David would do the ugly stuff, the business.

‘Now it is all down to me. It is difficult because that side of it is very time-consuming.’

Wouldn’t it make you chuckle if he picked one D. Dein for the position of director of football?

 

11 Replies to “Wenger Admits He Needs Help”

  • I think there’s a good chance Wenger will pick his sucessor as manager to take this position. It would give whoever it is a chance to get to know the players, the fans and the club. Paul Le Guen anyone?

  • I think the Director of Football position is what DD did really. This was role was bourne out of the George Graham incident when he was caught dipping the till. Arsene will pick somebody we all know of that I`m sure. This person will have to be someone he trusts, knows football, and knows Arsenal. There is only one person who would suite that role. Tony Adams, he will then take over as Manager.

  • Regardless who the new Director of Football will be, what is significant is that Wenger, and Wenger alone, will be responsible for who gets the role. This certainly doesn’t sound like the actions of someone who is likely to quit the club nor the actions of someone who will quit when his contract expires next year. But what is even more significant is, for the board to grant him this responsibility, that the board clearly show how highly they regard his views and commitment. Views beyond that of a manger or coach. But more than this, they certainly view him as a future board member. I can see, along with his new youth ‘dynasty’ soon to set the Premiership alight, that Wenger is looking far into the Arsenal future. A seat on the board would be an excellent reward to him and one rarely offered to previous managers. A board member, with Wenger’s wisdom and intuition, would have enormous significance in the board-room, particularly with any future take-over bids from outside concerns.

  • One can only hope double d comes back. But who know, maybe a new guy could be good too, since wenger is picking.

  • 1991 – what you say sounds really good, and actually was assumed to be the future path for wenger till the take-over drama came along. It would be great if that happens, and wenger can stay forever at arsenal.

  • 1991, what you say stacks up, but what if letting AW chose a Director is just a way appease him so he doesn’t leave? What if the board know they were naughty sacking DD and that AW is too honourable to walk out straight away – and giving him some power is merely an inducement to stay? mmm..possibilities possibilities…really want this clarified quickly!

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