By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has no problem with 'directors of football' in his sport - but he could not envisage working at a club where he did not control the recruitment of players.

The changing role of managers is a hot topic following the resignations of Kevin Keegan and Alan Curbishley from Newcastle and West Ham respectively. Both men cited a lack of control over transfer policy as their reasons for leaving. Meanwhile, the spending power of Manchester City's new owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, may yet affect Mark Hughes' role at Eastlands.

Wenger insists on having the final say over the players Arsenal buy or sell but he accepts that some of his counterparts prefer a more hands-off approach in the transfer market.

"In life everyone is free to work as you want to work," said the Frenchman.

"If I go into a job and someone says to me that you have a director of football who buys and sells the players, I accept or don't accept it.

"If I accept it, I cannot complain. I would personally not accept that but I can understand as well that some people don't want to deal with that and they feel comfortable getting the most out of the players they have because they have come from a different country.

"There's no problem with directors of football so long as you have a very good one. I feel myself and the board are on the same wavelength in that regard."

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12 Sep 2008