Transfer guru Sven Mislintat joins Stuttgart as sporting director after leaving Arsenal two months ago
- Sven Mislintat left his role as head of recruitment at the Gunners in February
- Stuttgart board member Thomas Hitzlsperger appointed Mislintat on Thursday
- Having worked at Borussia Dortmund he has reputation as a top European scout
Sven Mislintat has joined Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart as their sporting director following his departure from Arsenal earlier in the season.
The German talent-spotter left his role as head of recruitment at the Gunners in February after just 14 months at the Emirates Stadium.
And now the 46-year-old has been appointed by former Aston Villa midfielder and Stuttgart board member Thomas Hitzlsperger on a two-year deal.
Sven Mislintat has joined German side Stuttgart as their sporting director on a two-year deal
‘It’s a huge challenge and at the same time a great honour to work for a club like VfB,’ Mislintat told the club’s website on Thursday.
‘I’ve grown up around clubs with tradition, so that atmosphere is very important to me.
‘The conversations with Wolfgang Dietrich and Thomas Hitzlsperger were extremely good and key to my decision. Our common focus in the coming weeks is on the fight for survival, but of course we’re already looking at the plans for the new season.’
The 46-year-old has been appointed by Stuttgart board member Thomas Hitzlsperger (above)
Mislintat played a key role in the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and No 1 Bernd Leno at Arsenal after being appointed in December 2017.
Having previously worked for Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat has a reputation as one of Europe’s top scouts.
Stuttgart’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich were reportedly attracted to his services.
Markus Weinzierl’s Stuttgart’s side are currently in a relegation battle as they sit one place outside of the drop zone, four points ahead of 17th-placed Nuremberg.
Stuttgart welcome ninth-placed Bayer Leverkusen to the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Having worked for Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat has reputation as one of Europe’s top scouts