FURY FOR THE BLOG TODAY
Jeremy Wilson, king of the elite leaks, has dropped a BOMBSHELL that basted my morning granola in a thick treacle of turd.
What the actual f*ck?
I mean, when you get into the article, it’s a little less interesting.
‘Arsenal have been exploring candidates for a new sporting director-style position – as revealed in March by The Telegraph – but the role that is being envisaged is to offer support across all football operations, including analytics, scouting, sports science, youth development and even simple logistics, rather than shape actual day-to-day aspects of coaching or team selection.
A team of people that includes chief scout Steve Rowley, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and transfer negotiator Dick Law already also work on recruitment and there is no plan to withdraw Wenger’s final say on which players Arsenal sign.
The club’s belief is that football has become so multi-layered that it could be beneficial to have another person working across operations. A title has not been decided – nor a particular candidate – but comparable roles at other clubs have gone by the name head of recruitment, football director, head of operations as well as the more controversial sporting director or director of football descriptions.’
I mean, it’s kind of hilarious that the club has just realised that football is multilayered and one man can’t do all the jobs. Wenger knew this is 2008 when they were considering a DOF.
Ultimately though, that headline speaks volumes. This new deal is all about Wenger, his continuation at Arsenal is all about power and status, and we are not changing anytime soon.
Even worse is that paragraph about Steve Rowley planning player purchases. Guy is completely past it and a massive thorn in the side of progress. He should be moved on, and we should absolutely be looking at bringing in a DOF who is given the power to make the massive changes around Arsene that are needed. This season, regardless of how it pans out, tells you we are in need of emergency change.
Things that are likely to happen this summer:
Pep Guardiola is going to get his act together and his team will be a force next season. His players will gel with his complex ideas, he’ll work out a way of replacing Gundogan, he’ll move on some of his mercenary dross and he’ll have sussed our drossy league.
Jurgen Klopp might spend some money. He knows he has weaknesses, he’s had a good crack at the league this year, and he’ll have learned a tonne about his team.
Bourinho, who has had a shocking season, but has still won a league cup final and will likely win the Europa League, will stock up with another £150m. He’ll move on Rooney, he’ll buy Griezmann, and he’ll shift on the players that have been of no use to him.
Spurs will get better. Chelsea will get better. Arsenal, well, there’s absolutely no chance we’ll improve.
Wenger now has a sour reputation in Europe. He’s the old man clinging onto dear life. He’s the guy that has Ozil and Sanchez on strike. He’s the man who doesn’t understand what a DoF is. He’s the man that has a global meme in his name because his continued employment is a joke that transcends sport.
No one worth their salt would play under him. We’re always 2 games away from protest. The ground is toxic. Our best players regress. Our worst don’t improve. If they’re young, they stutter. There’s no positive reason to join Arsenal unless it’s a massive jump up and no one better is interested in you. That means we compete if it’s a market for one, and that means we pick up players who are substandard, or worse, have character issues.
If the decision truly is to keep Wenger on and pray the old dog might pay attention to someone else outside his massive ego, then it’s a sad day for Arsenal. The manager, who is a failure, is bigger than the club. The CEO is not important. The fans are not important. The only person who matters is Arsene Wenger.
This new contract is a pivot point in his legacy. This is when it goes from awkward ending, to cataclysmically bad ending.
The most intelligent man in football, letting his ego drive the bus… what a sorry way to see out an illustrious career. Like all the most notorious dictators, it always ends in them being dragged out, kicking and screaming against their will.
It won’t be two more years though, this is going full on Brian Clough. He’ll be out before Christmas, and he totally deserves it.
See you on the other side… and listen to our damn podcast.
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