Will a director of football help Arsenal going forward? by Konstantin Mitov
Hello guys and straight off the bat, it’s another protest! This time at the training ground and honestly, these actions are the only thing giving me any hope for this football club, because listening to Arsene is like listening to a broken, out of date record on repeat.
Now, I read some rumours around the papers that Ivan Gazidis has met some fans where he ‘intimated’ that a ‘mutual decision’ will be made, but we will take some action and a director of football was being mentioned. Now listening to Ivan say anything is like listening to a politician. He’s here to put empty promises out to get our money, we’ve seen it before!
For me a director of football is a must-figure in our post apocalyptic (post-Arsene) era. I believe that hiring such a figure means, we put somebody who’s in charge of taking action if the footballing results don’t match our actions, something that Arsene does right now and he doesn’t do it very well.
Introducing a director of football, but keeping Wenger doesn’t really add up. It means that either Wenger has to be accountable to him and we all know even God bows to Arsene’s will at Arsenal, or we put another yes-man to the list of Steve Bould, what Pat Rice was, and what all the other coaching staff and most of the players here are.
For me if we introduce such a figure, he needs to build a plan for success. What are we going to improve on the footballing side, to achieve our targets (if we even have any). He also has to help with the transfers. The manager’s job should be to manage the squad and the team selection. Regarding the transfers, it’s not Arsene’s job to manage the books. He should just get a list of A, B and C players he wants, and it should be somebody else’s job to go and acquire the best of these players that we can.
But this would only interfere with the Wenger way which has become the same as the Arsenal way. So I don’t really see how such a figure would fit our structure which again is just one man who gets to decide even his own future. In my opinion if we trust anything the board says, we are doomed. I also heard rumours that Wenger will be given money to rebuild, but it’s not really about the money and if this still isn’t clear for you, than you’re probably okay with Arsene.
Missing the top 4 will set us back a lot. Especially in the way of signing good players. But what’s even more setting us back is Wenger. We have a massive rebuilding job ahead of us and a director of football that actually does his job would be a welcome addition to the personnel that will deal with it. I don’t want to see the transition period going again into the hands on one person, because this is the reason we are where we are now.
The only way I see progress happening is constant expression of fans opinion until Wenger is gone, and proper people who will take us back to winning ways are appointed at the top of this football club and a director of football could be one of the missing pieces.