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Saints Looking To Snatch A New Director Of Football From Under Manchester United's Noses.
Monday, 28th Oct 2019 16:14

Saints are being reported as having sourced their next Director Of Football, the only problem is Manchester United seem to be interested in taking him to Old Trafford.

The man in the spotlight is Erik Stoffelshaus who is currently without a club after leaving Locomotive Moscow last December.

The 48 year old German started his career coaching youth teams at under 11/12 age group at Schalke 04 and then moved from coaching to the managerial side of things behind the scenes rather than on the pitch.and although he gained his UEFA A Qualification and was assistant to the then manager his speciality was in player recruitment , although he seems to have had a spell managing the team as well..

In 2009 he left Schalke and seems to have gone to Canada and became technical director of the West Ottawa Soccer Club. In March 2015 he took over the post of technical director of the Football Association of York Region, Toronto.

On January 22, 2017 Stoffelshaus was introduced as the new sports director at the Russian Premier League club Lokomotive Moscow a position he held until December last year.

Alongside his footballing jobs he seems to have a thirst for knowledge, he earned his diploma as a sports teacher and In 2018 he earned the Master of Business Administration in Sports Management at the Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Now he seems to be being chased by both Saints & Manchester United. He is credited with helping stars such as Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer shine, whilst he also helped to bring in Ivan Rakitic.

But this seems a little bit of an undistinguished CV for a club the size of Manchester United and certainly their fans will be looking for some bigger changes at Old Trafford than a virtual unknown from Germany.

But it sounds plausible for Saints, Ralph Hasenhuttl's appointment a year ago was from the same mould, the club know they have to look towards the next big thing in recruitment of managers and players rather than the more established and Stoffelhaus fits the bill here and could also offer Hasenhuttl a valuable ally in the dressing room and coaching ground.

So I think that Erik Stoffelhaus could be a real contender for the vacant role at St Mary's of director of football and has certainly done the groundwork for both sides of the job, I am not too sure that Manchester United are that keen though.

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arfurdent added 17:16 - Oct 28
rearranging the deckchairs on the .... comes to mind
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SanMarco added 17:46 - Oct 28
West Ottawa Soccer Club eh. Although it would be great to see our football getting more direction I don't really see how this is going to help if we are 'self-sufficient' and have a sh!te squad. I would have thought a proper, experienced assistant for the manager was more vital. Would having a DOF, however big his achievements at West Ottowa, have helped on Friday??
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darthvader added 17:48 - Oct 28
Yes next it will be Gareth bale wants to come home and save us
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ExiledSupporter added 18:50 - Oct 28
Don't make me laugh (the situation's too painful for that) to contemplate recruiting someone who only got a job managing the western part of Ottawa's negligible soccer assets, seems yet more of the existing nonsense we have witnessed in recent years!
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geezershoong1 added 10:00 - Oct 29
Yes, someone so prominent in the football world he doesn't even have an English language Wikipedia page.
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NewburySaint added 13:04 - Oct 30
Loving your post San Marco-nothing more to be said really!
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