By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger intends to appoint his long-awaited Director of Football before the end of the season - but it will be a different role to the one first envisaged.

The Arsenal manager pencilled in the position as soon as vice-chairman David Dein left the Club in April. Its primary role was surrounding player transfers. However long-serving director Ken Friar has dealt with negotiations since then and the Frenchman wants to retain this structure for the time being. The newly-created role will now have additional responsibility for Arsenal's international academy network.

"At the moment, Ken Friar is doing the job David Dein did with me before," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"But we still need somebody. We have developed so many academies and need somebody to supervise them. Currently we are not able to do it well."


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Richard Clarke 14 Sep 2007