According to the Independent, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy are set to be given more power at the Emirates.
The German, who is currently head of recruitment following his move from Borussia Dortmund last December, will become technical director, while Fahmy, who was recruited to oversee contract negotiations, is set to fill Raul Sanllehi’s former position as head of football operations.
Speaking in the last few days, managing director Vinai Venkatesham hinted that internal appointments had been made to fill the gaps left when he and Sanllehi, now head of football, took over their new roles in the aftermath of Ivan Gazidis’ departure for AC Milan.
The promotions for Mislintat and Fahmy come as a reward for their work over the last 12 months. The German has earned plaudits for his recruitment policy since January, helping to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Bernd Leno to the club.
In addition to working on negotiations of the above players, Fahmy, who previously worked for cycling’s Team Sky, has also had his work cut out trying to tie down existing squad members to new deals.
For the most part, he’s been successful, although the belated decision to call off talks with Aaron Ramsey does look like something of a blot on his record. Whether that was down to him or a collective decision is unknown.
If you’re a regular listener to the Arsecast, you’ll have heard David Ornstein on Episode 502 last week talking about these topics, but if you haven’t heard it yet you can check it out below.
David’s segment begins around the fifteen minute mark after a bit of a Richard Scudamore rant.