According to a report in the Telegraph, Arsenal are interested in a job approach for Borussia Dortmund’s director of football Michael Zorc.
The 54-year-old spent his entire professional career with Dortmund in Germany and following retirement at age 36, became the club’s sporting director.
With a number of reported behind-the-scenes disagreements this term, it’s likely that there will be some departures during the off-season. Zorc himself signed a contract which runs until 2019 three years ago but with the possibility of another venture elsewhere available, he could be persuaded to move in search of another challenge.
Arsenal are reportedly in search of a sporting director, despite Arsene Wenger recently quashing those claims when questioned by the media.
It seems as though communication between Wenger and the board isn’t clear on the matter, especially as he feels there is no need for a sporting director – at least not whilst he’s managing the club.
“What is that? Someone who stands on the road and directs players left and right? I never understood it. As long as I’m manager, I’ll decide what happens on the technical front,” he said at his press conference ahead of the game against Southampton.
It’s clear that Arsenal are trying to lessen the impact that Wenger’s departure will have on the club, but the fact that he has not clarified his contract situation doesn’t make matters much clearer at all.
Club chief executive Ivan Gazidis is keen to appoint a sporting director, either to help reduce the burden on Wenger or to work with the next manager once he departs.
Zorc himself is said to be interested in the role but it’ll be intriguing to see how this will unfold in the coming months – not least because Arsene has already said there is no need for one whilst he’s still in charge.