After months of speculation as to why Sven Mislintat left Arsenal, the German scout has revealed in an interview with 11Fruende.
At the time of his departure, there were a lot of rumours around why Mistlintat was leaving. The most plausible of which was David Ornstein speculating it was due to him being over looked for the Technical Director role.
Two months prior to his announced departure, it seemed like Mislintat was set to be promoted from Head of Recruitment to Technical Director. The promotion never happened and he left.
Now Sven has finally revealed that the reason he left was because he was not promoted.
“At Arsenal, I was already fully responsible for transfers, as there was no sporting director,” he said.
“But in England it isn’t usual [for the sporting director] to sit on the bench, so you’re much less visible.
“Last summer there were leadership changes at Arsenal. It had actually been agreed that I would become technical director, so then I would be around the team on a daily basis.
“But the new leadership had their own agenda and other candidates.”
So the truth has come out. He wanted to the promotion to Technical Director. He wanted to be closer to the team. He wanted to sit on the bench during games. When this failed to transpire, he left. It is interesting to note that he left Borussia Dortmund after he was barred from the training ground.
Mislintat has now become VfB Stuttgart’s new director of football, who play in the 2nd tier of the Bundesliga.
Arsenal have recently hired former invincible Edu Gaspar as Technical Director.