FIFA have appointed Arsene Wenger as their new chief of global football development, ending speculation of an imminent return to management.
The 70-year-old ended a two-decade stay at Arsenal in 2018 and was recently linked with the vacant Bayern Munich manager’s job.
Wenger’s new role: Five key things to know…
- Arsene Wenger ended a two-decade stay at Arsenal in 2018.
- He’s since been predominantly working as a television pundit.
- Wenger was recently linked with the vacant Bayern Munich job.
- FIFA have appointed him as their new chief of global football development.
- He will be “chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world”.
A statement from the Bavarian giants claimed Wenger had called their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressing his interest in replacing Nico Kovac, before stating he’d be turned down. However, the Frenchman, denied those version of events.
Prior to be linked with Germany’s biggest club, Wenger ruled out managing another English club out of respect for Arsenal where he lifted three Premier League titles including going an entire league campaign unbeaten in 2003/04.
Aside from a return to coaching, Wenger has long been associated with a role with the world’s governing body, and that has now come true. His new role will be helping to develop men’s and women’s football as well as technical aspects of the sport.
Wenger subsequently becomes a member of the technical panel of the International Football Association Board, as well as chairman of Fifa’s technical study group, and to say he’s excited is an understatement.
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“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global,” he said.
“I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the very heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components. I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”