Gone are the days when the tenures of managers at a club defined an entire era of football, both the good and the bad. The modern pace of the game has ensured that most gaffers find it hard to stay at one outfit for a long time if they aren’t able to achieve the top goals on a fairly regular basis.
As of such, even slight shortcomings ensure that managers may find their jobs in danger.
The reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively may very well have been the last of their kind. However, a recent revelation from one of them does spark some interest.
Wenger, who like Jose Mourinho has now been out of managerial duty for a while now and functions primarily as a pundit, told the following to beIN Sports regarding Manchester United: “Manchester United is a dream job for any manager. At least, any manager with courage and confidence.”
He continued in the regular trend of critiquing United’s style of uninspiring football: “The team have no pattern of play, no pattern of pressing. There is a team there, but it needs to be coached and developed. Like I said, four players and they can be challengers. For everything.”
However, when quizzed about whether he’d personally wish to manage the Mancunian giants, the former Arsenal manager gave a reply that may surprise quite a few people: “Manchester United is a dream job. For any coach. I have confidence, I have courage and you’re right, I have ideas.”
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s popularity at United taking quite a nosedive in recent days, comments like these are bound to inspire quite a bit of imagination in the minds of some supporters.
It has to be noted that during their peak, the Wenger-Ferguson rivalry singlehandedly defined the bitter divide between the Gunners and the Red Devils.