The reality of being a Spurs fan and watching the current Wenger in/out debate has been interesting. After all, I’ve been in the position since the end of the Venables tenure where managers have come gone with increasing frequency.
At present, Pochettino seems to be the best we’ve had in some time, and I do wonder if this is what ENIC intended and hoped to get from AVB during his spell in charge before a heavy defeat at home to Liverpool ended his time. With the Arsenal fans seemingly in favour of Wenger leaving rather than staying, some recent lessons from history must be learned.
AVB is a great example: he should have succeeded at Spurs with Bale in his side, he should have succeeded at Chelsea with Mourinho’s spine still in place and (apparently) plentiful resources to draw in the best players. Also look at Manchester United: the ‘chosen one’ David Moyes seemed out of his depth, LVG seemed a bad fit for a club after a Guardiola type but did deliver an FA Cup, and Mourinho has been unable to enter the top four.
These should all serve as warnings for Arsenal. What viable options are there out there to replace Mr Wenger at present? Just bringing in another manager from the continent with an aim to immediately turn the club around back into title contenders, and revitalise the playing squad is not always possible. The superstar choices of Ancelotti, Klopp, Guardiola and Conte are out of reach employed at other clubs, while more ‘legacy’ options like Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi don’t get a mention.
The favourite option will be Eddie Howe from Bournemouth, but his team’s decline in form may have lost interest in him, while young English managers like Sean Dyche and Lee Clark may not have the star quality that the Arsenal board are seeking.
At present, and from the mind of this Spurs fan, I would expect Arsenal to stick with Wenger. At the time of writing the FA Cup semi-final is 1-1 with a couple of minutes ago, and should City score that could prove the end for Wenger. Otherwise, I can’t see another option that would be interested.
One more word on coaches, one potential future coach was lost this week, and I was shocked and saddened by the death of Ugo Ehiogu. I remember him as a player and suspect that the dominance of Sol Campbell meant his England playing opportunities were kept to a low limit. He’s apparently done a great job as U23 coach of Spurs, and his passing will be felt on the football family now, and into the future.