Recently promoted VfB Stuttgart have locked down one of Germany's most respected footballing administrators through June 2023.
Sporting director Sven Mislintat carries quite the pedigree on his resumé. The 48-year-old worked as chief scout for the regimes of both Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in his eight-year-tenure with Borussia Dortmund.
His knack for finding players earned him enough respect that EPL giant Arsenal FC summoned him to the Isle to begin the task of re-building the Gunners following Arsene Wegner's departure. After two years abroad, he returned to the continent to assist relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart in the spring of 2019.
Mislintat may not be a familiar name to those outside German footballing circles, but he is considered one of the best in the business by fans in the Bundesrepublik; a perfect post-modern sporting director who combines in-person scouting with the most sophisticated and effective data models to build highly successful squads. The work he has already done with VfB Stuttgart speaks for itself.
In a statement on the club's website, Mislintat called it a "huge challenge and a great honor" to work at the Baden-Württemberg based club. Humble as ever, he acknowledged that there may be further setbacks while also vowing to continue "positive sporting developments" over the next two-and-a-half years. Club boss Thomas Hitzlsperger also issued a statement.
"Sven has driven the re-structuring of our squad with great motivation, perseverance, courage, and foresight," Hitzlsperger wrote, "Our promotion back to the Bundesliga and the uplifting start to the new season are a direct result of the work that Sven, along with Pellegrino Matarazzo and Markus Rüdt, do for the VfB day-in and day-out."