Dennis Bergkamp has ruled out any intention to manage at Arsenal in the future, claiming he has no thoughts on becoming anything more than a coach.
The Dutch legend was recently installed as the favourite in the ‘Next Arsenal Manager’ market, and remains as only the third biggest price even today, despite his claims of disinterest in becoming the boss.
“The best thing for me is being on the pitch [in training], especially with the strikers. That’s my kind of thing, to really teach them things that are the details of football,” Bergkamp said.
“How to control a ball, how to shoot a ball, how to pass it, how to look for other players. That’s my main thing.
“Therefore my ambition is not really to be a head coach, to be the top coach. I give my opinion and tell [the other coaches] how I feel about it. But in the end there’s a head coach who decides what is happening. My part is more on the pitch with the players, especially with the strikers.”
It would not be a surprise to see him take up a role as an attacking coach in North-London however, especially given the struggles that the club have had in that department this term.
Fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman currently heads the betting market at around-about 8/1 (9.0), but with Arsene Wenger known to be staying until the end of next season, it is impossible to predict the future boss, despite any reports.
Bergkamp’s fear of flying would most certainly have been a huge stumbling block in becoming a manager of a club playing European football regardless, so his appointment would have been rather far-fetched anyway.
But should we try and bring the club legend in to sort our strikers out? Or are our current options a lost cause?