COME ON HOW CAN YOU NOT BE HAPPY
Arsenal confirmed the signing of a brand new scout who goes by the name of Sven Mislintat, he’s coming in as Head of Recruitment, and he’s taking the baton from Steve Rowley.
Steve has been a great servant to the club over the years, and no doubt made some great signings along the way, but the time had come. He was a regressive force behind the scenes and his eye for a world-class player wasn’t sharp, not to mention he had a lack of interest in utilising tech to support decisions on players.
Not so with Sven. This is a guy who has unearthed gems in all sorts of weird places you wouldn’t expect, and has the smarts to move fast. He has a confidence and authority we lack. Dembele, Pulisic, Guerriero, Lewandowski, Auba and Kagawa to name just a few!
This is a man in his prime looking to prove himself. This is a guy who is only leaving Dortmund because my boy Thomas Tuchel was such a brat to him last season.
Bravo to him.
I was thinking about Ivan getting his backside tanned in front of the world last summer, then I read this quote put forward by Churchill in his book, citing Niccolo Machiavelli.
‘Men ought either to be caressed or trampled out, seeing that small injuries may be avenged, whereas great ones destroy the possibility of retaliation’
You feel that Ivan took a wet towel from Wenger in the changing rooms this summer (when Stan did a deal behind his back) and it was humiliating. He could have left. He could have slinked out (we called for it). But he stayed and exacted his revenge in the coldest manner possible. He’s been slowly taking out Wenger’s henchmen. We’ve lost Dick Law. We’ve lost Rowley. We’re probably going to the see the back of more people as the season wears on. Ivan is peppering in Per Mertesackers and Jens Lehmans. He’s brought in Darren Burgess in performance, which is still a weird signing to my mind, but it’s additional smart brains on the project.
The Telegraph pointed out that Sven is an Ivan signing. If we land a football operations guy like Raul Sahnelli, that’ll be Ivan’s man. If we land Michael Zorc (which would be incredible) in a double Dortmund swoop, that’ll be his man.
This is how a professional club should be run and organised.
The power of operations should not sit in the hands of the manager, it should sit with the CEO.
That way, when the manager leaves, you keep the stability of the club going by maintaining the infrastructure.
You avoid nepotism.You also focus accountability. It’s easier to pinpoint where things are going wrong. It’s easier to make changes without politics and drama.
Wenger’s days are numbered. He knows that. There can’t be another failure this year, because he’ll likely be chopped, and there will be an infrastructure and a plan in place to replace him.
That’s great news for Arsenal.
It’s also great news in the sense that the club might extract more focus and agression from Wenger. He might lean on the new help coming in to make his job easier and his tenure a little longer.
Guys and gals, the old regime is dying. A new Arsenal has sprung. We’re an operations guys and a sporting director away from a world-class backroom setup.
We’ll then be only a top class manager away from actually competing.
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
All the things we’ve been talking about are going to happen inside the next two years.
I’m so fucking happy.
Now listen to the damn podcast. No slacking, it’s a great listen.