Date:Friday March 14 2014
After being in charge of Arsenal for 18 years, questions are always going to be asked about just when will Arsene Wenger retire?
That question has been a little more free flowing over the last few years as the relationship between manager and fans becomes more and more strained as the lack of spending and silverware continues (whether that strain is right or wrong is another discussion entirely).
However despite having a little wobble here and there, I would say there`s still no manager in the world better suited to manage Arsenal than Arsene Wenger.
That said, I`m not stupid enough to believe that Arsene can go on forever and we`ll all ride off into the sunset with a shed load of trophies. A day will come when Wenger does leave and need to be replaced.
As Manchester United have illustrated this season, when a man has ruled the roost for such a long time a transition to a new manager is not such an easy task to accomplish. So it makes sense to take your time with these things and get the job done properly.
The Daily Star (I know I know) suggested today that despite the likelihood being that Wenger will sign a two year contract extension, The Gunners are looking to Everton`s Roberto Martinez as the Frenchman`s long term successor.
So I`m here to ask …. How would you feel if this turns out to be true?
I for one would be delighted. First and foremost Martinez is a great manager, maybe he`s not the best in the world, but neither was Wenger when he arrived at the club.
He`s also spent the early part of his management career paying his dues. Managing is a very difficult job and you only need to look at Tim Sherwood to understand what happens when you`re thrown in at the deep end. Martinez started his managerial career at Swansea guiding them to become league one champions before taking of the reigns at Wigan.
Ok, Wigan ended up being relegated, however that club was on the cusp of dropping down a division long before Martinez arrived and with a severe lack of funds he did well to keep them up for a couple of seasons before doing the unthinkable and winning the FA Cup with the pie munchers in that amazing final against Man City last year.
Martinez eventually replaced David Moyes at Everton and subsequently has the Toffees performing better than Moyes can manage with Manchester United.
A eloquent, intelligent and classy person, Martinez` brand of football is something that I believe would mesh fantastically well with Arsenal Football Club, and while I wouldn`t necessarily want Martinez to oust Arsene Wenger, I would be more than happy for him to replace our loyal Frenchman when the sad day arrives that he retires.
This is all complete speculation of course, but isn`t that what fan sites are for?
Date:Friday March 14 2014
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