Arsenal have begun their search for a sporting director to ease the workload on manager Arsene Wenger, according to reports.
It is alleged that the Gunners are set for a shake-up of the off-field structure and a new role will be sought after to aid Wenger with his duties. Current transfer negotiator Dick Law is believed to be ready to step down from his role once the new director is settled in.
The report in the Telegraph suggests that Arsenal will create a wider operations role, with the new man tasked with overseeing sports science, scouting and recruitment, medicine and the academy. The role will be similar to the system many of the top clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany operate with.
While Wenger’s future at the club is uncertain, sources close to the club have stated that the club are planning for the long term, rather than the Frenchman’s possible departure in the summer.
The Gunners have yet to extensively search for an appointment, but they have started enquiries over possible candidates already. If Wenger was to leave, the club would accelerate their search so the new manager would be joined by the sporting director.
However, the 67-year-old has indicated he is ready to adapt his managerial style and a man to work alongside him will ease the burden of his high workload and challenge the existing way of working.
The Frenchman currently oversees most club operations, making almost every key decision at the Emirates. Therefore, the club wish to make the transitional stage now to ensure life after Wenger will be less harmful as possible.
The managerial situation is expected to be resolved at the end of the season, with the club stating that the decision will be a mutual one between them and Wenger.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is currently the frontrunner to be the new boss, with Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel also a possible replacement.