Borussia Dortmund’s Director of Communications, Sascha Fligge, says Michael Zorc will not be following Sven Mislintat to the Emirates.
Arsenal announced yesterday that Mislintat would be joining the Gunners behind the scenes as the new Head of Recruitment in December, with Steve Rowley stepping down from the role.
Rowley will still be involved in some capacity, and there were rumours that Michael Zorc would be joining the pair from Dortmund as a Sporting Director. However, Fligge seems to have put these rumours to bed, when asked at a press conference if Zorc would stay.
“Yes, definitely (he will stay). There were rumours in England but this was just a rumour. He will definitely stay with us,” he said, reports the Standard.
“We would like to keep [Mislintat] of course. He has been doing great scouting for the last ten years with Michel Zorc.
“He helped an improved scouting for the club and made it more professional. We have an extremely good relationship to him still.
“Of course, because of what he achieved, we decided this morning we will release him and let him go.”
So, it looks like Arsenal will continue to go without a new Sporting Director or Director of Football for now. It does appear that they are on the lookout, however, even with this latest setback.
With or without Zorc, Mislintat is still a good appointment for the Gunners, he’ll just need to be prepared to do a little more on his own than he was used to I feel. If Sven does need help, however, you’d hope that the board would bring in the right people to support him.
There is little point having a talented head of scouting if he doesn’t have the team he needs to carry out all his duties. Seemingly Zorc won’t be part of that team, but I suspect we’ll hear more about who will in the near future.