Report: Primorac tipped for Turkish managerial role

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Boro Primorac, a mainstay of Arsene Wenger’s coaching set-up, is being linked with a managerial position in Turkey.

According to Turkish publication Fotospor (translation provided by Turkish-Football.com), the 62-year-old is a candidate to take over from Aykut Kocaman at Super League side Konyaspor in the summer.

Primorac, a Yugoslavian international during his playing days, coached French sides Cannes and Valenciennes in the early nineties and later became Wenger’s assistant in Japan at Nagoya Grampus Eight. He joined Arsenal 20 years ago this month.

The two men forged a friendship when Primorac, then at Valenciennes, alerted the FFF to Marseille’s attempts to bribe his players. Left ostracised in France by his whistleblower status, the Bosnian-Croat was offered sanctuary by Wenger who felt the scandal had cost his Monaco side at least one league title. They’ve been at each other’s side ever since.

While Primorac doesn’t speak Turkish he does speak nine (nine!!!) other languages and acts as Wenger’s eyes and ears both at the training ground and in the stands, from where he often watches Arsenal’s matches.

As things stand we’ve no way of verifying this story, however, were there even a kernel of truth it would mark another pretty significant hint at change at London Colney. The club is already on the lookout for a new head of the Academy and several reports overnight claim the board are exploring the possibility of appointing a sporting director. 

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