Arsene Wenger looks set to make his return to football after reportedly accepting a job with FIFA.
The former Arsenal boss has not been directly involved with the professional game since he left the Gunners last year.
Wenger has recently hinted that he would welcome a return, providing the right offer came along.
And ESPN report he has accepted a role with the world governing body as a technical director.
The 69-year-old remains keen on stepping back into management, but will take on the post at FIFA while he waits for a suitable offer.
The requirements of his new position are yet to be defined but FIFA are hoping to utilise Wenger’s vast experience and knowledge.
He has been working as a TV pundit since leaving Arsenal, as well as speaking at various conferences and promoting sports technology firm PlayerMaker – whom he is a partner of and has invested in.
But the Frenchman has made it clear he hopes to be given another opportunity in the hot seat before long.
Wenger said previously: “You will see me in a dugout again, when, I don’t know exactly.
“I enjoyed a bit to take a distance. I had a reluctance to go back into the heat again. I still cannot live today with the fact that I will never be on the bench again. I might go for an intermediate position.
“What I want for sure is to share what I know, and what I have learnt as much as I can in the game. I would like to experience one more time the intensity of the competition.”
Wenger has been linked with the France national job, but the role is currently filled by World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps, who is not expected to leave his post anytime soon.
But Wenger could not rule out being involved at the next World Cup in 2022.
“I must say I always wanted to go to the World Cup because I felt it is the job of a manager to be where the best football players in the world play football,” he said. “Hopefully, you will see me, touch wood in Qatar in three years’ time.”