Arsenal are set to scrap plans to bring in a director of football after Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year deal to remain as Gunners boss.
The Frenchman has already admitted he is against having such a role at the club and earlier this season insisted the club would never have one whilst he is manager.
However, speculation towards the end of the season suggested the Gunners were planning backroom changes in a bid to ease the transition when Wenger finally does decide to step down.
Yet those plans now seem to have been scrapped entirely, according to Standard Sport, who claim the club may make an appointment but certainly not at the level of a sporting director.
Indeed, Wenger again seems to have retained full control with new contracts expected for several of his team, including goalkeeping coach Gerry Payton and fitness coach Tony Colbert.
Supporters were expecting some changes particularly after a season where the club missed out on Champions League qualification and face huge uncertainty over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
- ‘Break club record spend or look elsewhere’ Arsenal told
- Arsenal eye player Lionel Messi claimed to be ‘similar to Xavi’
- Arsenal urged to buy ‘January transfer window bargain’ for £6m
That now looks unlikely, if this report is correct, and fans may find themselves asking if the club will manage to land their top targets this summer and if next season will be any different to recent campaigns.