Wenger clarifies how he sees the Director of Football role


A couple of weeks ago at his pre-game press conference, Arsene Wenger took umbrage at the idea that the club might appoint a director of football.

He was categorical that as long as he were manager, he would not work under that system.

At the time we speculated on the main blog that his opposition to this was based on the idea that the person in this role would have authority over the manager when it comes to buying players, day to day running of the team etc, rather than viewing it as someone who might help and support him in his work.

The Frenchman was asked about it at today’s press conference, and more or less confirmed that theory.

When it was put to him that he’d already worked with David Dein, who carried out many of the duties a Director of Football might do, he clarified his position.

“Director of Football, when I say that it’s a guy who makes the decisions that normally down to the manager,” he said.

“That means selection of players, buying, all the matters that concern the functioning of the team on a daily basis.

“Of course you can need help to become better, yes of course, and I am always open to that.

“I am always open to things that improve the quality and future of the club.

“After that you have to see if it’s really efficient, because the titles do not always make you better.”

It’s something that I discussed with Amy Lawrence on today’s Arsecast, along with the rest of our season: check it out below.


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