Hill-Wood: There is no chance of bringing in a director of football

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has dismissed suggestions that Arsene Wenger could ease his workload by employing a director of football at the Emirates and claimed that the manager is perfectly happy with his relationship with chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

In recent weeks certain sections of the media, former players and elements of the club’s support have called for Steve Bould to be given responsibility for training the defence, while others have insisted that former vice-chairman David Dein be brought back into the fold to help with transfer dealings and other such gubbins.

Nevertheless, speaking to the Daily Star, Hill-Wood insisted that the Frenchman was more than happy with his current set-up and would not be creating a new role just to pander to people wound up by sensational articles and an over enthusiasm for Football Manager style tinkering.

“Arsene has got a very good relationship with (chief executive) Ivan Gazidis and they get on very well and talk a great deal,” stressed the cigar-smoking septuagenarian.

“There is absolutely no chance of bringing in a director of football. That is a lot of nonsense.”

 

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Sean
Sean

More chance of Peter actually putting some money into the club rather than take his free tickets, company car and salary to slag off the fans?

Anton
Anton

I used to like PHW. But the more older he gets, he’s more dimissive of everything and is ridiculously suspicious of any change. Kind of sums up the problem we have at Arsenal really.

Fay
Fay

I agree, his main job seem to kick the fans when they are down instead of coming out like a person that thinks before talking. Maybe Daily Star is after his head but i agree with the guy that asked, why always this tabloids?

Popeye
Popeye

We need a new chief executive, not a new manager or a director of football.

Malaysian Gooner
Malaysian Gooner

I’m sorry to be off topic and I’ve been away for some times now but I want to know, is Nasri still a cunt?

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Yes, most definitely.

Viks53
Viks53

Get this Bastard out of the Club NOW!

The BearMan
The BearMan

I can see the role of a Director of Football at Arsenal can prove to be a negative and disrupting element that can influence and fuel the board room against a manager. However, I believe clubs ought to make certain managers, coaches, and all members of staff working with people are regularly assessed. Ongoing training and development is a must.

The BearMan
The BearMan

“Show me a man that knows it all, and I show you a man most ignorant”!

The BearMan
The BearMan

To often our Chairperson comes over like a “Bull in a China shop”, even when he has something positive to say!

northerngoon
northerngoon

He says positive things?

The only Sam is Nelson
The only Sam is Nelson

He was positive that Dein would never see his £300,000 again when he Dein bought into Arsenal in 1982 (or whenever it was).

and, in a sense, he was right, of course.

argonaut
argonaut

We could do with a new chairman and manager rather than a director of football.

The only Sam is Nelson
The only Sam is Nelson

Why does PHW only seem to talk to the Daily Star?!??!? That’s just fucking weird

Goonerere
Goonerere

Love the “and other such gubbins.” bit.

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Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

PHW never used to talk to the press, now he just dismisses any fans concerns flippantly.
I want to hear what Kronke has to say, where does he see the club going? If Kronke wants to be silent, then maybe so should the fans. Yesterdays Football Weekly Pod highlighted German and Swiss fans making silent protests at the game. (cue gags about how our fans have been doing this for years)

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Hey people, Aren’t you all being a little bit too touchy. Fixing Arsenal’s problems doesn’t start by making a scapegoat of every Arsenal person who dares to speak to the press or of any Arsenal player who fails to play a perfect game. Hill-Wood was replying to a specific question and he said:

“Arsene has got a very good relationship with Ivan Gazidis and they get on very well and talk a great deal.”

“There is absolutely no chance of bringing in a director of football. That is a lot of nonsense.”

He didn’t mention the fans. The accompanying text in this article mentions the fans along with various other groups of far less pleasant people, but Peter Hill-Wood didn’t.

It’s the media feller who dragged “fans” into the article. He was probably trying to get a bite from Arsenal fans. Congratulations people, you all took the bait. The press are manipulating you in order to cause more stories of unrest at Arsenal.

Arsenal people who have genuinely actually attacked their own fans in interviews and actions would be Emmanuel Adebayor and before him, Nicolas Anelka. We haven’t seen any disloyalty of that degree since Adebayor left. Not even Nasri.

Why not just accept that somebody within the Arsenal heirarchy SHOULD be telling the press that their opinions are nonsense (and it wasn’t the fans who asked for a Director of Sport remember). I just think it a pity he has to be polite and not tell them to fuck off and pick on some little team like Spurs instead.