Who should be AFC Director of Football?

It seems we are in desperate need of a Director of Football. Apparently, Arsenal have failed miserably (once again) in their hunt for this Magic Man which makes us the laughing stock of the football world. We are officially “in crisis” 😀

As I understand it we have never had an official Director of Football (henceforth known as DOF) but if we need one let’s look at possible candidates …

Well, he clearly cannot be a red head. They just cannot do the job, hence the reluctance to give Mr. Sven Mislintat the job which led to his resignation. We have never been lucky with redheads – Willy Young struggled, Alan Ball was better at Everton,  Steve Sidwell at anywhere but AFC. In fact I can’t think of a carrot-top who has succeeded at THOF.

Marc “Roadrunner”  Overmars has chosen to stay at Ajax which must be to do with the Dutch cuisine which he clearly has developed a passion for (see below)



There was talk of the Brazilian, Edu ,who attested to his love of AFC but chose to remain in a cushy job in a warm climate – and who can blame him.

Other candidates abound but we need an Arsenal Man.

How about one of the TV experts … Wrighty? Now that would be a laugh. Magic Man Merson – we need someone who can read and write. TA6 – imagine the mess after a year. Lee Dixon – possibly. MArtin  Keown – why not? George Graham – I would love to see him cope with the restrictions of working with the Kroenkes

We all know who is the only right and proper candidate  … step up to the plate Sir Arsene Wenger.

You have had your rest, you look back to your magnificent self and you know more about the club than anyone. You never needed a DOF because you are a DOF.

Mr. Wenger … Your Club Needs You

written by Big Raddy


31 Responses to Who should be AFC Director of Football?

  1. D says:

    Can’t agree more, Wenger in…

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    My apologies for not being around yesterday Micky, I was having my systems switched over from satellite to fiber optic and I was down for most of the day. Back up and running now and the fiber optic coverage is stunningly good, very reliable and considerably cheaper.

  3. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Interesting subject, if, if, ifffff, Arsene were to become our Director of Football my faith in our back room would be restored but I fear it’s way too big an if. I would love to see him appointed as a member of our B.O.D.

    Reading back on yesterday’s comments, Alex James was before my time and I cannot remember seeing Dennis Compton play but I did get to see a lot of Leslie Compton in fact he played in the first game I watched at Highbury.

    I really enjoy listening to Lee Dixon as a commentator, as he possesses a great knowledge of the game – but I doubt he would suffice as a DoF.

  4. LB says:

    Dutch cuisine is crap, hence the extended waist line.

  5. RC78 says:

    I would have really liked Monchi or Overmars but they are not options anymore.

    So here is the list for me:
    – Leonardo (AC Milan), Luis Campos (Lille), Rangnik (Leipzig)
    – A. Wenger

    Leonardo is really good at seeing gaps in the team and at coming up with tailored solutions. He did it at PSG and he is doing it in Milan. He has got class and his network is rather good.

    Luis Campos – he can find gems and he can help the club turn them into prized assets. Look at the Lille player’s value soaring – players like Fonte, Thiago Mendes, Pepe and Ikone.

    Rangnik – a bit more mysterious than the other two but he is very highly regarded and has turned Leipzig into a decent club both at youth and senior level through astute talent attraction.

    People are talking about Zubbizarreta, Zorc or Henrique but Zubbi is really struggling in Marseille, Zorc is happy at Dortmund and Henrique would headbutt too much with Emery

  6. Bill davis says:

    Why not bring David dien back how troubled started when he left nobody knows more about the arsenal than him or bring back wenger at the he was here in later years he done every thing on his own

  7. LB says:

    Times have moved on Bill………………..

  8. Mike says:

    Dein started the trouble by cashing in on 70m worth of shares. He did it to benefit David Dein and family NOT AFC. A lot of people don’t remember or conveniently ignore that fact. As far as AW goes, he is the romantic choice. But think about his choice of player. Emery is still fighting the malaise in this squad. I think DOF’s and managers need to see the playing side the same way. There isn’t any common ground between AW and UE in that respect. That’s why we’re doing better with less (accounting for injuries) this season. Unai is the man and he needs to be able to build his way. IMHO.

  9. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    I’ve really no idea why we need one, so can’t really comment.
    I’ve no idea who any other team’s DOF is.

    Was John Hartson ginger? If so, that’s another one. 🙂

    Are there any in the world game today. De Bruyne ain’t really ginger, is he?

    I imagine the Jocks had a few playing for them last night. Case proven.

  10. chas says:

    Just looked up David Dein. He’s 75.
    It’s ok being potus in your 70s but Arsenal DOF – Nah.

  11. mickydidit89 says:


    You failed

    Why? Because having just read your post about a DoF, I still have no idea what one is or does, other than not being ginger.

    Anyhow, the big question for me is why Marc Overmars requires riot police to stop no-one from getting on to the pitch. I fully understand the damage his weight to hoof ratio is doing to the playing surface, but hey, if nobody is watching!

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Micky 😀 😀

  13. RA says:


    If no one is trying to get onto the pitch – why are police required to stop no one?

    No one would say you are a strange fellow — so I will, at least that stops me being a no one – just some one.

    Now see what you have started! 😜

  14. RA says:

    Interesting Post, Raddy,

    I agree with Chas, Micky and Uncle Tom Cobley. What is the definition of a DoF apart from being the top honcho?

    Looking at Monchi, Overmuch and Sven, the role appears to be akin to a super-scout unearthing player gems, or not — but isn’t that the role of a Head Scout?

    Why has football become a hot bed of bullshit job titles — managers have become coaches (or maybe coaches have become managers).and a ball boy has become a ball person on the alter of sexual equality, and rightly so, altho technically only one category has balls.

    My solution, is simple — RC78 should apply for the job, as he knows a good deal about players/coaches and I would give him a good reference too — “he knows Chas” that would seal the deal. 😩

  15. RA says:

    Glad you got your fibre optic broadband sorted out GN5.

    I thought you might have eloped to write Posts for a new blog, incase Brexit stopped anyone from Canada illegally writing on English blogs!! 😃

  16. RA says:

    It’s just so ……… painfully quiet when there is no proper football available for a coupe of weeks.

    As I have that time on my hands, I have written to the FA, Uefa, and Fifa to request – nay, demand – that every fan in the country must be trained to a reasonable level during these quiet times, so that they can pass an exam on the rudiments of the international Football Laws, especially those affecting Handball, VAR, diving, and how bad mannered it is to carry knives, coshes and knuckle dusters to women’s football matches as epitomised by the PSG supporters.

    They wrote back and advised it would not be wise to antagonise the women, as they could take offence.

    Have to say they have a point.

  17. LBG says:

    Chas 4.09
    Is that Cilla on the front of Razzle?

  18. LBG says:

    And…..a pig or a tapir?

  19. Big Raddy says:

    I can’t imagine Cilla had the required qualifications for Razzle 😀

  20. LBG says:

    Apologies Raddy, missed thanks for your effort.
    David Dein backed the Russian. Don’t believe AW has the youthful network connections any longer. Disappointed about Overmars, as it seems as though Dutch academies are back to producing “total” football players as in Cruff’s day, and a time in football history that was truly exciting.

  21. LBG says:

    Nothing to do with dogs!

  22. LBG says:

    Hoddle continuing to be an idiot!

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    One day less of the Interlull to endure.

  24. chas says:

    Any decent sport on today, BR?

  25. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Depends what you enjoy. There is the Fishing Channel …

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    If there’s no sport, and you live in England, it seems to me you have just two options.

    Do you light the fire outside, or inside

  27. chas says:


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