We’d heard that Real Madrid’s assistant coach, Paul Clement, has been lined up as the replacement for Arsene Wenger when the 65 year old finally hangs his tactics board and training whistle. New reports not only appear to confirm that link but give suggestion that Le Prof himself has given the green light on the 42 year old Englishman to be his successor at the Emirates.
This may come as an un-Wenger like act as he had said he would not be involved in any decisions concerning the appointment of the man to take the reins from him. Wenger is only five months into the three-year contract he signed after the FA Cup triumph in May and with results not all going the Gunners way this season, some have suggested that the longest serving Arsenal manager of all time may quit his role this season, giving opportunity for discussions to be held with other possible candidates at this time. As Club CEO, Ivan Gazidis said before the Annual General Meeting, replacing Wenger would be a difficult task for the club as the frenchman’s shoes will be quite big to fill.
“The biggest challenge we are going to face as a club is that, when that transition from Arsene to the next manager of our football club happens – and I don’t know when that’s going to be, that we come through that strongly” according to Gazidis.
As Gazidis says, it is the subject of coming through this transition strongly that must influence the decision of handing to job to anyone of Clement or any of the other available top managers in Europe. Clement has not had any experience as far as top club management is concerned but he’s gained massive experience in the football world, having previously worked at Chelsea as assistant to Guus Hiddink in 2009, retained by Ancelotti in his double-winning season in 2010, as well as following the Italian to Paris Saint-Germain where both led Les Parisiens to the Ligue 1 title. He was instrumental to Madrid’s clinching of La Decima last season as he was responsible for implementing the tactics and ideologies of Ancelotti to the players.
There must be one or two fully experienced managers around who can come in and do this job, and most Gooners would have thought that the constant bromance between Wenger and Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp would class him as the favourite to replace him.
Klopp has often reiterated his admiration for Wenger and how he has steadied the ship at the Emirates even amidst difficult financial circumstances, similar to what Klopp has had to put up with at the Westfalenstadion. A move to Arsenal would see Klopp even have more resources to further improve the team with his modern classic composite of ferocious counter-attacking football and breath-taking entertainment. Klopp is surely that man to form a perfect blend of our young and promising talents in Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry, with the guile of our Ozils and the energy of Alexis to improve on what Wenger has started over the past couple of seasons.
Dortmund’s current struggles in sustaining the pursuit of Bayern in the BundesLiga may be Klopp’s signal to renew himself elsewhere and if he becomes available at the end of this season, perhaps it may be wise that we agree a deal with the 47 year old who is already been envied by the German FA to takeover from Joachim Loew in 2016.
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