Wenger Ends Rumours, Gets FIFA Top Job
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was yesterday named
FIFA’s chief of global football development, ending any chance of a move to
FIFA said the former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be
responsible for the growth of the game “for both men and women around the
world”, and would also be the “leading authority on technical matters”,
including potential changes to the sport’s laws.
It added that Wenger, 70, would also be tasked with coach
education and aiding a programme designed to help former players enter
“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.,” Wenger said in a statement.
Rumours of Wenger making a shock return to coaching had
intensified over the weekend after Wenger denied claims by Bayern Munich that
they had turned down his offer to take over at the German champions after the
sacking of Niko Kovac.