Arsenal to appoint Sporting Director in behind-the-scenes overhaul

Ivan Gazidis
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Arsenal are preparing to hire a new Sporting Director, as they begin an overhaul behind-the-scenes, as promised by Ivan Gazidis.

That’s according to the Mirror, who write that as well as chief scout Steve Rowley potentially leaving the club, and legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy joining the team, they also plan to hire a new sporting director. However, the article specifies that this wouldn’t be in a Director of Football role.

It’s no surprise that Arsenal still aren’t hiring a Director of Football, as Arsène Wenger has ruled it out in the past. But the Gunners could still end up hiring staff members in other roles to do a relatively similar job, if not in name.

Combined with Mertesacker’s appointment as the head of the Arsenal academy, Jens Lehmann being hired as a coach and Darren Burgess joining the fitness team, it does seem like some changes are finally being made to the backroom staff.

Arguably it hasn’t been enough to address the key issues so far. Arsenal are still struggling with injuries, performing very averagely in the transfer market and just as unremarkable on the pitch.

But as long as this willingness to change things that aren’t working continues, the club should get there in the end.