Arsenal are planning to completely change the structure of how the team is run if and when Arsene Wenger leaves the club, reports the Daily Mail.
There are growing whispers around the Emirates Stadium that Wenger is seriously considering a shock exit from the club when his contract runs out this summer. His current deal has just three months to run and he is stalling over a two-year deal.
It is forcing Arsenal officials to consider life after Wenger with a shortlist including Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez being drawn up. But further to that, Wenger's successor will be appointed as a head coach and will report to a director of football.
It represents a massive change to the hierarchical structure at Arsenal, who have given ultimate power to Wenger over transfers and team decisions since taking over the club in 1996.
The news follows Arsenal's devastating 6-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea last week, meaning the Gunners have conceded 17 goals in just three games against their rivals.
Wenger later said that he will delay signing a new contract until the end of the season, meaning Arsenal officials were forced to develop a contingency plan in case Wenger performs a dramatic U-turn.
The Arsenal boss was expected to sign a three-year deal worth in the region of £8m but the Daily Mail claim that a two-year is more likely. Stan Kroenke remains confident that Wenger will commit his future to the club.