Wenger Points Out Arsenal Don’t Have Director Of Football

Arsene Wenger, the great Arsenal manager, seems to have spoken out in support of Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, and said he would never work under a Director of football at Arsenal.

Wenger – Arsenal Manager has no Director of Football at London club

That’s an interesting comment because when Chris Mort reorganized things, the model the club wanted to copy was that of Arsenal, who continually bring in youngsters and then develop them, often into world class players.

It was Mike Ashley’s goal to create a structure at Newcastle to mirror the Arsenal model, and that led him to create a hierarchy with Director of Football Dennis Wise.

It’s always been confusing exactly what Dennis is in charge of, but is presumably in control of who comes and goes at the club. Although it was always said that Kevin would have the last say on players, which seems to have turned out not to be the case.

Keegan of course has left the club and blamed the management structure for his resignation, since it left him with little or no influence over the club’s transfer policy.

However, that doesn’t mirror the Arsenal model, which Wenger is now pointing out – don’t say the Board have got that wrong too.

Wenger said yesterday:

“If I go into a job and someone says to me that you have a director of football who buys and sells the players, I accept or don’t accept it. If I accept it, I cannot complain,” “I would personally not accept that – but I can understand as well that some people don’t want to deal with that and they feel comfortable getting the most out of the players they have because they have come from a different country.”

Most English managers are used to being fully responsible for the playing side of things, and that means they have the final say on players, and it seems that unless Kevin Keegan gets that responsibility under Mike Ashley, he will not return on Tyneside.

But one thing we would say to both Ashley and Kevin, is if they talk about their differences again, put the Newcastle United Club first.

If they do that, we think some personal compromise agreement can be reached, and the club can continue to move forward under Kevin’s great leadership.

Is that too much to ask?

31 comments so far

  • Siv

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    1st any one home

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Wenger or kk av no business wit d club they ere historied

  • SouthernGeordie

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Piss off Wenger you self rightous bellend!!

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I guess all my big mouthed friends must b protesting and ashley would make alot of cash wen they get caught by d police


    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    prick gan

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    New topic ahead


    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    u lot talk bollocks

  • The optimist

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Great discussion this morning lads. Loving the inability to spell and Ganiyus er…. comments. Anyone got a prediction for todays score?

    Or favourite to be our next manager now keegans out of the running? I think we may regret not getting Zola


    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    u arse wipe gaiyu

  • Tom

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    The optimist

    Terim hopefully, Donadoni or Mancini could be options, as well as Houllier.


    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    u lot aint toon fans

  • The optimist

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Tom, would you really take Houllier? I can just imagine the stick the scousers would give us. I’m a bit worried about Terim, he’s a great coach with Turkish players and whilst I wouldnt mind us signing Arda Turan and Nihat to help him settle I think its unlikely. Think he might be coming for a bigger pay rather than the challenge.

  • The optimist

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    KK forever, you bore me. Kindly do one.

  • PhilP

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Has anyone else found they read the comments less and less nowadays? Back when the blog opened, and even until about 6 months ago, the discussions were relevant and interesting, now they’re absolute toss. As always though, great work with the articles ed, shame about your readers.

    3-1 today howay!

  • Dev

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    The optomist you need to give your big head a shake….

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    KK was lied to, we were lied to. KK was said to have the final say in transfers but obviously he didn’t and Wise apparantly lied through his teeth and got a black eye for his trouble…… P45 would be more appropriate.

    Ashley SELL and Wise will follow you out of the door.

  • The optimist

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Head shaken Dev, honestly tho I agree with PhilP this site has got a few visitors who write some utter rubbish on here trying to start arguments. A bit of constructive debate would be good but instead a few of us resort to the kind of ranting that results in the rest of Britain thinking we are the thickest fans in the country.

  • tom tomb

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Get Deschamps he only lasts a year, does well then packs it in. In our club a year is a long time in football.

  • Hadrian

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    nice one wenger !

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Although I hate Wenger and the Gooners with a passion, they do play football well 🙁 and Wenger has done a good job there 🙁 ………………. respect where it’s due suppose 😆

  • Pg

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    ganiyu are you D(waff) wise

  • ginkoh

    Sep 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Winner always true that’s the world logic. Loser can say anything but no one will listen.

    Wenger can say anything he want and anybody will agree with him because his achievement. And I agree with him too. Mike Ashley director system not work in any reason.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    you cant help but admire arsenal as far as im concerned.
    look when they put 3 past us, i sat there gutted, but knew there was nothing we could do about it.
    on their day they’re the best passing team in the world for me.
    As much as i dont think other managers need to stick their nose in, i still like the fact they’re coming out and talking about certain subjects, subjects clearly relating to keegan, and showing support. especially when its managers like roy keane.

  • Leo

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    yep PhilP ive been visiting this site since it came on the net and i do also find myself reading the comments less and less because of similar reasons to yourself, there are alot more people on and it has become totally impersonal the comments you made in the past were either read and commented on sensibly either positive or negative

    now its a mud slinging contest, and in that case im not usually very bothered but ive just came in from the garden and ive got the mud ready, i digress, but the point being that its lost its sparkle

    that by no means reflects the quality of the articles by our orical Ed

  • Leo

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #26

    back to wenger, im glad he has made this point, it will make keegans fight for his rights easier, the more managers who do this thebetter.

    ive come to admire even roy keane for putting his awe in and supporting keegan, even though i know that keane w@nks his dog

  • Sav

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    No point talking about who will manage Newcastle
    a). They sort out the structure so the manager is king.
    b). They stop telling lies to each other and to the fans.
    There may be a culture of ‘never trust your colleagues’ in the casino business, but in most other walks of life it is viewed as highly unproductive.

  • The optimist

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    I just hope if one of the top 4 get ousted by Man Citys millions it isnt Arsenal. Anyone who loves football has got to respect the team Wenger has assembled without spending stupid money and doing things properly. Their board deserve a lot of credit too. The way Arsenal have handled Theo Walcott is to Englands benefit as we have seen. Maybe we could loan them Taylor for a week or so and see what Wenger sends back.

  • Sav

    Sep 13, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    No doubt Arsene is a fabulous manager. Funny thing is, Arsenal seem to have been a well run club for about the last 60 years or more – Since long, long before Wenger arrived on the scene.
    What is it they have managed to do that sets them so far apart from the mags? That’s the $64000 question.

  • Sav

    Sep 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    have to Laugh at the tabloid guff ;

    ‘Toon hopes of Ince fade’


    ‘Poyet to snub Newcastle’.

    What a relief.
    Have to go….

  • Ian

    Sep 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Yet we are supposed to be following the Arsenal model – when it suits us.

    Then it is a european model, unless we c hange our minds then it is…

    The only organisation we had was Keegan, lets face it. oh and Vetere looks good too.

    So that would be only our two seasoned professionals.


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