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Wenger Offers To Help The FA

Arsene Wenger suggests the FA should think long and hard over the appointment of the next England manager, and claims this could be a blessing in disguise.

Steve MClaren was dismissed after a pathetic attempt at qualifying for next summers Euro 2008 tournament and Le Boss says if the FA think deeply about the Brolly wielders replacement, then good things can happen.

Wenger said: 'I don't want to come out and say what I think these measures should be, but I feel the FA need deep thinking for what happened and find solutions.

'They can't just appoint a new coach and think England will win the World Cup in 2010.

'After France failed to qualify in 1994 [manager] Gerard Houllier was straight away sacrificed in a little bit of a similar game. That is a good example for England [because] the France players that lost then became world champions.'

'Not all but most. [Emmanuel] Petit, [Didier] Deschamps played in this game and they became world champions and European champions afterwards. That is what I mean - don't slaughter the players because the England national team has good players.'

Then the Arsenal manager showed his true class by offering to help, in anyway he can, the FA who has caused him so much misery over the years.

'I am always happy to help if I can,' Wenger told

'I am not sure I am really gifted for that, but if they want to know my opinion - and it is a confidential one - then I am always happy.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 23 2007

Time: 2:13PM

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he lies
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23/11/2007 14:52:00

as long as it's only his opinion
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23/11/2007 16:47:00

he can help all he wants. I am comfortable in the fact that Arsene wil never leave for the England job. The finest manager we have ever had. If the FA had any sense they would ask Arsene to prepare a blueprint for English football, and follow it to the letter. Then, in 15-20 years time, we would be the finest footballing nation on the planet (if we were able to procure the young players and absorb them into club frameworks at a young enough age - if that is what Arsene would recommend...).
»»Arsene Knows««
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23/11/2007 22:35:00

If I were the FA guys, I would have gone straight to his office to listen what Arsene has to say! But as arrogant and stupid as they are, who knows.
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23/11/2007 22:57:00

Can you see it now - they invite Arsene for a chat: .....FA: So Arsene, we goofed up last time, who shall we get in this time?..... AW: It's not just about appointing a coach, it has to be part of a long-term plan to work England to the top and sustain it over a generation...... FA: We hear what you're saying, do you think we should go with someone like Shearer or shall we go for seasoned old pros like Capello - or even Scolari again, hehe..... AW: I think it should be an English man but we need to take this root-and-branch idea more seriously! Look, forget about the manager for a minute. Are you prepared to give someone the power to do more than just be a coach? Do you want someone who can breath new life into the English game or are you just after a top-dog to win you a couple of trophies over the next 5-10 years?..... FA: Well we want both, and the public expects silverware now! We are already investing in youth development elsewhere, so maybe..... AW: Stop a second. You shelved the Burton Academy but spent millions on a steel arch at Wembley as well as severance packages to Sven & McClaren. I think its important to recognise that perhaps the problem here is a slight lack of direction or philosophy emanating right from the top - in the FA itself.... FA: Well as you can see, we're trying to change that Arsene..... AW: I respect that, but maybe what you need to do is to become non-execs on the FA board and get football people to run the FA with your full backing!..... FA: We're fine with the FA setup, lets just get a coach in - someone passionate but a bit of a professor - someone with your qualities maybe..... AW: look... FA: That's it - it will be Harry Redknapp assisted by Trevor Brooking!..... AW: Great, you sorted it - now where did I put my jacket?
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