Monchi Targeted for Technical Director Role

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  1. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    So you're saying he's not me? :D
  2. berric

    berric Well-Known Member

    Unai mentioned Monchi a couple of times while being interviewed about Denis Suarez. How he watched him since his Celta academy days and while in City youth ranks...

    Maybe something is indeed cooking behind the scenes.
  3. scytheavatar

    scytheavatar Well-Known Member

    Anyone else kind of uncomfortable with the idea of an English club having 3 Spaniards as the power center? Potentially 4 if that Francis Cagigao is promoted.
  4. rich 1990

    rich 1990 Not A Big Believer In Diversity

    Not really. If they get us on the right track, who cares where they're from?

    Besides, when a club has someone called Sir Chips in it, it won't lose it's Englishness.
  5. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    Maybe more likely to be on the same page and share the same vision than, say, a Spaniard, a German, a Frenchman and an Englishman. We know Monchi and Emery work quite well together.
  6. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Francis Cagigao was born and raised in London if I’m not mistaken.
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  7. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    Not if they're competent. I don't care where they're from. My wish for this team is that the people in charge treat the club with respect and do their absolute best to realize its full potential. I also would hope that they're people of basic decency who conduct themselves well in their lives. Where they're from or what they look like or anything else is completely irrelevant to me. We had a board that was almost entirely English who were very happy to sell this club down the river when profit was on offer so I don't feel that nationality is anywhere near as important as ambition and integrity.
  8. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Doesn't seem consequential to me - the aims would be the bigger concern and whether each hire is congruent and ultimately successful. A 4some consisting of Sanllehi, Monchi, Cagigao and Emery doesn't sound terrible at all - really the big issue is one of style as Emery has proven to be heavily in favor of pragmatism in his football. It's not the ideal but beggars cannot be choosers and we need something (namely some type of organization in the team) to stick so here we are. (If I'm being perfectly honest, I don't expect Emery to be a long term hire - even if we bring in Monchi as technical director - that's for another thread).

    Monchi ticks boxes though - a director who enabled smart transfer buys for Sevilla and also boosted their academy, which would be a double plus for us as the squad definitely needs a boost from both within and without IMO. It definitely makes up for the loss of Mislintat, but I would hope we're still willing to keep up using analytics going forward (and use it properly).
  9. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    You are correct. In fact, he played for Arsenal at the youth level. Won the FA Youth Cup before heading off to Spain to play.
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  10. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Yeah exactly , what some on here are inferring means that Cascarino wasn't Enlgish either lol .
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  11. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member

    Teacher confirmed. First time I heard that word outside school.
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  12. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    Language that's certainly incongruous with the general level of a football forum. :D
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  13. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    To what extent is Arsenal an English club anyway? Sure that's how it began but it's more of an American-owned company based in England, the same as many big "clubs". Football clubs have long since morphed into entities unrecognisable from their origins. The club has already changed completely, so what difference is a bit more change gonna make?
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  14. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Makes me sound like an English teacher :lol: (I actually teach music!)
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  15. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    I would argue that a club is not its ownership, but rather its history, fan base, etc. Owners come and go. Maybe not as quickly as managers (Wenger notwithstanding), but they are temporary. Kroenke is actually one of the longest-serving owners in the Premier League now. So Arsenal is still quite British. They just have an American owner and have hired Spaniards to run the club. I mean, Arsenal wasn't actually a French club when Wenger was around.
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  16. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    Draper claiming that Overmars is the front-runner for the new Arsenal technical director position. There have been some reports that he's been approached, although Ajax denies it. But Draper says:

    Overmars, who like Sanllehi is steeped in the football philosophy of Ajax and Barcelona, but also has experience in the Premier League and the obvious connection with the club, is well regarded at Arsenal. His playing career briefly intersected with Sanllehi, who joined at Barcelona in 2003, Overmars's last season as a player.

    Overmars is in the frame for the job alongside Monchi, the transfer guru who made his name at Sevilla and is now at Roma. But Monchi is on such a good financial deal at the Serie A club that it would be difficult to prise him away, even though he had an excellent working relationship with Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Sevilla. Edu, another former Arsenal player under consideration, seems to have been persuaded to stay in his current role at the Brazilian FA.

    Overmars' transfer record at Ajax is exactly what Arsenal need to tap into if they are to rebuild the squad and challenge again for the Premier League title. In recent years he has signed Frenkie de Jong from Willem II for £900,000, selling him to Barcelona for £66m; he signed Polish striker Arek Milik from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £2.52m and sold him to Napoli 2016 for £28.8m; he signed Davinson Sanchez from Atletico Nacional in 2016 for £4m and sold him to Sp**s for £25m in 2016.

    Sanllehi, who has excellent football contacts around the glove, wants to add an executive with a background in football and transfers to liaise with Emery, someone is who able to talk tactics with the manager and implement a footballing vision throughout the club.

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  17. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member

    This makes me wonder though. I think lots of forum members @BobP or @razörist (dont remember) were saying he's a divisive personality.
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  18. BobP

    BobP Memri Fan

    It was @razörist.
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  19. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James Trusted

    I think Monchi will be the choice if he’s willing to come. It would be a bit stupid to appoint Overmars when you have someone as successful as Monchi available, someone who has a history of working well with the coach.
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  20. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    Bergkamp not Overmars.
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