With the news that Arsène Wenger admits that the end of his current contract in 2011 will be a “serious check-point” in his career Arsenal Column will like to hear your views on who you feel should be the next Arsenal manager when Arsene decides to call it a day.
Of course we wish to see Wenger stay as long as possible at this club but with the talk of the Frenchman becoming the next France manager, we look at who are some of the candidates to take up his post. The candidate should preferably continue the Arsenal philosophy of an exciting brand of football, bringing in young players (and experienced ones also) and to understand the finance of the club.
Tony Adams- Is currently the assistant manager at Portsmouth who have just won the FA Cup, the most successful era in the club’s history. At Pompey, Adams is present at training and deals with the work on the touchline during matches. His previous managerial spell was unsuccessful having failed to keep Wycombe Wanderers from being relegated League Two. He resigned from Wycombe in November 2004, citing personal reasons. Keen to learn more about the game he became trainee coaching role with Dutch side Feyenoord and later had a short spell seconded to Utrecht as a first team trainee coach. Is one of the front runners but is he tactically ready for the job?
Dennis Bergkamp- The Arsenal Legend decided upon ending his football career not to pursue coaching however changed his mind after becoming more interested in coaching. He has since undertaken a trainee role at Ajax to help establish himself in a future coaching capacity. His knowledge and experience in what he has achieved would be priceless to the youngsters at the club. Would be a fans favourite for the job but more likely is a coaching position at the Club or as a number two.
Steve Bould- Is the current U18’s coach at Arsenal and his work done there has been superb. The academy has produced players pushing for a first team spot such as Mark Randall. He understands the philosophy and is adept and recognising talent as displayed by recommending Randall as a deep lying playmaker.
Pat Rice- The managerial role may not interest him at the moment but the lure could be too much once it is available. His work has been underrated at the Club in the time he has been assisting Arsene owing much to the recent success at the club. Would have learned a great deal at the club under the great man and holds much enthusiasm for the game.
Martin Keown- Another Arsenal legend. Also holds much enthusiasm for the club and it’s policy. Temporarily coached with Arsenal’s defense two seasons ago and has a scouted for Arsenal part-time.
Other: Unai Emery– (Example of a candidate) Not as well known outside Spain but an up and coming manager who could be a similar appointment to one as Arsene Wenger was. Current Valencia coach after a successful spell as manager of Almeria, the Spaniard is highly rated. Tactically accomplished his Valencia team sit top of La Liga currently. Big things are expected of the young manager who is likened to Rafa Benitez.
If voting for other please specify who in the comments section. Also you can state your preferred Manager and their No.2 in the comments.