Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to take up technical director role with FIFA

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsene Wenger is set for a new job (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to take up a new role in football with FIFA offering him a job.The 69-year-old has been offered a technical director role with FIFA, and the Mirror reports that he has informed friends that he is ready to accept it.The Frenchman left Arsenal in the summer of 2018 after 22 years at the club and has insisted that he has no plans to retire just yet, despite approaching his 70th birthday.Wenger has revealed that he has been offered, and rejected, some ‘nice offers’ from clubs since leaving north London and now looks set to turn his back on club management entirely to work with FIFA.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, it may only be a short-term job for the veteran boss, after he made it clear he would like to have a crack at managing an international team at the 2022 World Cup.When asked about the possibility of managing in Qatar in 2022, Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘I could see myself working for a team. I will have enough time, distance with my last job, and I would not be against that.‘It will be interesting because you have some countries that have shown quality, especially Qatar who has just won the Asian Cup.‘It will be interesting to see how they develop, but overall I must say I always wanted to go to the World Cup because I felt it is the job of a manager to be where the best football players in the world play football.‘Hopefully, you will see me, touch wood in Qatar in three years’ time. You will see me in a dugout again, when, I don’t know exactly.’MORE: Why Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has pulled out of Ivory Coast squadMORE: Arsenal star Dani Ceballos produces stunning pre-assist for Spain vs Romania Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Sep 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Sharescenter_img Advertisement Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to take up technical director role with FIFAlast_img read more

Koeman hails Schneiderlin coup

first_imgRonald Koeman believes persuading Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary’s was Southampton’s biggest transfer-window coup. Schneiderlin initially vented frustrations at being denied a transfer, but new manager Koeman has now claimed the 24-year-old decided to knuckle down on the south coast of his own accord. “I hoped, and in the last three weeks I would say yes, him staying has been the best part (of the transfer window) for us,” said Koeman. “He’s a fantastic player and an important player for the team. “That gives the rest of the lads the confidence and ambition that we spoke about. “It was not an easy one because he was disappointed in the beginning, but I think that was a normal reaction. “But after that his behaviour has been professional and the one answer he gave was on the pitch, and that’s always the best answer that you can give. “It’s important for us to keep that kind of player in the team. “I spoke several times with Morgan, but finally the player by himself changed his mind and that’s the most important thing.” Press Association Koeman has tipped new recruits Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld to thrive on the south coast, but admitted holding onto Schneiderlin was Saints’ most important move. Mauricio Pochettino fought hard for France midfielder Schneiderlin to follow him from Southampton to Tottenham, only for Saints to rebuff a number of bids. Koeman holding onto Schneiderlin stemmed a summer-long Southampton talent drain, but the former Dutch defender admitted it is too soon to make predictions on whether the club can fend off suitors again in January. “I don’t know about that, we will just have to wait and see in January,” he said. “I’m not thinking about January at the moment, I’m just preparing our team for Saturday’s Newcastle match. “That’s the most important thing at this moment.” last_img read more