By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that the 'Director of Football' model CAN work in English football, despite recent problems at Tottenham and Newcastle.

A number of Premier League clubs have adopted the continental approach to management with a head coach responsible for tactics, training and team selection while a sporting director controls player recruitment.

However, Kevin Keegan blamed his departure from Newcastle last month on a lack of input over transfer policy while Damien Comolli was sacked by Spurs at the weekend as chairman Daniel Levy dismantled the club's management structure to accommodate new boss Harry Redknapp.

Both incidents have discredited the 'Director of Football' role in this country but Wenger insists that the system is not as flawed as some believe. Indeed, he argues it can be a successful model provided the roles and responsibilities are properly defined.

"It depends on how well and how clearly you share responsibilities," said the Frenchman.

"Anything can work as long as everybody is conscious of their own responsibilities and the responsibilities of the guy next to him. Any formula can work.

"The danger in our game is that you do not do the job of the guy next to you. The temptation in any club is very big. I think a good club works when everybody does his job. The players do their job, not the coach's job and the manager's job. The manager does his job, not the player's job and everything is clear.

"I must say football is already difficult when everything is clear but when it is not clear you make it even more difficult."

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28 Oct 2008