Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann linked with a job at 1860 Munich

Jens Lehmann

Would it be a good or bad move for Jens Lehmann to join the struggling club from Munich as their new sporting director?

Gunners legend Jens Lehmann was known for his skills as a goalkeeper and his madcap personality.

His most memorable 89th minute penalty save in the 2006 Champions League semifinal against Villarreal still lives on.

Now two years away from the field Lehman might return to football. Not as a player but as a sporting director for 1860 Munich, a second Bundesliga club with a lot of issues.

The club was caught in a bribery scandal around plans to build a new stadium and faced several financial difficulties most recently in 2011 as they were close to insolvency.

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1860 Munich turned down help from city rival Bayern Munich but took £42 million by a Jordanian investor. A mistake which is considered as a sell-out and is punished by fans with constant declining ticket sales.

Ironically fans are hoping now that longtime German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will savee the club from the investors influence and simultaneously beg for more money.

A tough task to say the least. However there are no assured statements that Lehmann will join. Rumour has it that he talked to club officials and people familiar with the situation in Munich.

However this will pan out the question might be: Will Jens Lehmann be a successful sporting director?

That has to be seen. The 1860 Munich gig would be his first of this kind for him. But Lehmann is well prepared. During his time at Schalke, between 1992 and 1998, he studied Economics while playing football and he knows a thing or two about the game.

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Furthermore he is well connected with general managers around the league. His neighbour at his residence in the near of Munich is German international team manager Oliver Bierhoff. Lehmann’s cousin is general manager with Bundesliga’s 1899 Hoffenheim.

Despite all that it seems doubtful that Lehmann’s wants to quite his fine TV-commentator job with German Sky and join a shambolic club playing in second Bundesliga with nearly no fans watching.

It could happen though. Besides his great dives Lehmann was always known for his strange but legendary behaviour.

1997 in Bundeliga’s clash of rival Schalke and Dortmund Jens Lehmann made a last minute header for the draw. The first ever in game goal by a goalkeeper. For entertainment value, this could certainly be one to watch.

So why not the 1860 Munich gig? What do you think? Would Jens Lehmann be a great sporting director?

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