Technical Director Search

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  1. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Interesting that bigger teams weren’t interested. Think the business he did for us over summer was fantastic.
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  2. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Tier 1 Height

    Think he just wanted a bigger role which we and I guess other top clubs weren't to ready give. Be looking forward to see how he does and hope we haven't burned any bridges incase he wants to come back as a TD one day.
  3. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    State of him working 6 month with ivan was too much maybe
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  4. lamby22

    lamby22 Well-Known Member

    Must have been made to get a haircut whereas Gazidis just let him work for us looking like a hobo.
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  5. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One

    Probably he was also looking for the job/position he wanted in a club that would let him do his thing and for a period greater than a year.

    @Toby Andrl take on this would be interesting.
  6. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    I think it's great news. He'll be working as Sporting Director under/with new Sporting Chairman Thomas Hitzlsperger. The best thing probably is that after years of the club being run as a one man show of the Sporting Chairman and that failing miserably because of a lack of sporting competence in the rest of the club, Hitz, when he came in a few months ago, said he was gonna build a team around him and with Mislintat he's actually made a first step and good on that promise. That's excellent.

    In regards to Sven himself, I think it's known that I highly rate him and I think he'll do a great job in Stuttgart. It's a massive surprise though for me and most fans, because although there were rumours about him, everyone thought he was in a category too high for us.

    As to why he might have chosen VfB:
    As troubled as the club as been in the last decade, it's still one of the biggest traditional clubs in Germany with a massive, loyal fanbase. Despite the rise of Hoffenheim we're still the biggest club in the region - which is one of the richest and economically strongest in Germany with Mercedes, porsche, Bosch, IBM and endless more. So there's plenty of options to find strong sponsorship partners when successfull.
    The problem has been that over the last decade the club has been run directly by either completely incompetent people like Horst Heldt or Robin Dutt as one man shows, or that the non executive hierarchy got too involved in the operative business. E.g. Horst Heldt completely overblew the budget after the 2007 Championship and the Mario Gomez sale, so when Fredi Bobic - who's now doing a great job at Eintracth Frankfurt - came, he was supposed to significantly lower budget costs but at the same time keep the club in the upper echelons of the Bundesliga. When that understandably failed and the high demands of hierarchy and fans couldn't be met, he had to go. Apparently he told the board - full of business people - they didn't have a clue about football and how a club is run, so that was the last nail in his coffin. So one of the biggest problems has always been not enough football knowledge and competence at VfB Stuttgart and too many non-executives including board members from business sponsors meddling in operative affairs too much and this being easy for them because there always only was one person - the Sporting Chairman - who you'd have to target/veto/harrass. So now that Hitzlsperger has finally formed a double pivot by bringing in an absolut expert like Sven Mislintat and is apparently still looking to add it's a big, big step in the right direction and a sign that Hitz knows what's been the problem.
    Other, better faring clubs like Gladback could have been an option, too. But I think most of them have more settled and powerful Sporting Directors or Sporting Chairmen, like e.g. Eberl. So it might have been the more interesting and more open option to join newly appointed and rather inexperienced Hitzlsperger to form a new team with evolving power structures/dynamics than just rightout go and work under a settled and powerful guy at Gladbach, Bayern, Leverkusen or Leipzig.
    VfB Stuttgart has hit rock bottom again this season, but as much as it's dangerous ground for any manager or executive to taint your name, with this laid out basic foundation for massive success naturally around the club, it's as much a chance to raise your status quickly if you succeed in getting the mess cleaned up. With able, structured and patient leaderhip Stuttgart has all the foundations to recreate Dortmund's resurgence, but there's also enough of trouble and interference right now the club might plunge down the leagues as countless other traditional clubs have done before. So it's definitely easy to burn your hands here, but there's also the chance of massive success.

    I very much welcome Mislintat and can't wait for the transfer window. I just hope we manage to stay up in the 1. Bundesliga.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
  7. Garrincha

    Garrincha Wilf Zaha Aficionado

  8. American_Gooner

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

    Chelsea's transfer ban must give the other two a leg up here. Only question for Mitchell is, would you rather have Ed Woodward interfering with your work or Sanllehi?
  9. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    See, that's an interesting prospect. **** off with all those ex Barca Fernandezes.
  10. kraphtous

    kraphtous Raul Stanllehi

    This might be a good time to get an English DoF considering the potential of England producing a massive pool of talent in the coming years.
  11. American_Gooner

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

    BBC article on him a while back linking him to United, the bolded part might interest a few on here:
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  12. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    Well, he's obviously not the guy with the hair care products.
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  13. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

  14. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Well-Known Member

    The bolded part is interesting. He would have worked well with Wenger but do we have the time to do this now? If we get the calibre of players he has unearthed elsewhere, then we won't need time as they'll hit the ground running.
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  15. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Hopefully they get someone in before season end need time to plan for summer transfers and improving the squad
  16. Artisan

    Artisan Not Emery's Old Pal

    ****ing click bait titles. Isn't just a renamed They along with this clown Benge can get in the bin. Would rather read daily express before them.
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  17. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    Some of the worst outlet I've read stuff on. They present themselves almost as some sort of insiders and super knowledgable football minds, but they're essentially brewing mixes of speculation and conjecture.
  18. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Meme Merchant

    Any news?
  19. American_Gooner

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

  20. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

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