Arsenal announced a departure in its coaching ranks today but if you’re a member of the “WENGER OUT” brigade you might end up sorely disappointed (for now). Boro Primorac, one of Arsene Wenger’s most trusted coaches, has decided to move on and take over the Konyaspor head coaching gig this summer.
Konyaspor manager Aykut Kocaman is expected to depart at the end of the season and according to Turkish sports newspaper Fotospor, Primorac is set to take over... Primorac has coached Cannes, Valenciennes and Guinea Bissau in the past. If he was to embark on a Turkish adventure it would be his first managerial stint in the Super Lig.
Additionally, per Arsenal.com:
Boro’s shrewd eye and comprehensive technical understanding of the game are widely respected within the sport and have earned him Arsène’s deep trust.
Boro tends to stay out of the limelight, but can be found at first-team, reserve and academy matches alike – providing an important and hugely positive influence on the Gunners’ players and staff.
Primorac will be leaving Arsenal after more than 20 years of working side-by-side with Wenger, even assisting the main man during his time in Japan. As someone who has spent so much time in a top league and with such an array of experience and knowledge, both in terms of football and apparently speaking an impressive number of languages just like his mentor, taking a gig in Turkey’s top league seems to make sense as the next step in his career.
What this means for Arsenal and Wenger, however, remains to be seen. Perhaps, yes, it was Primorac’s time to finally try his hand at a head coaching gig, perhaps it’s a sign that Wenger is finally headed out the door this summer, or perhaps it was just an internal shakeup in advance of one last run at glory for Wenger. We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but for now Wenger’s coaching tree grows just a little bit more.