It’s been over a week since Arsenal sacked Unai Emery and it remains fairly quiet on who will replace him. If there is one positive after the Brighton defeat maybe it pressures the recruitment policy to be a bit quicker.
For some of you who think I pick on the Kroenke family, surely this is the ultimate proof of their lack of ambition. For comparison, Daniel Levy hired Jose Mourinho less than 24 hours after giving Pochettino the boot. That by the way is how most clubs do their business.
While publicly they will never admit to secret talks behind the scenes, everyone knows coaches get tapped up. It’s rare for any chairman to replace a coach without a rough idea if their ideal replacement is interested. Most of the time, all terms/conditions are agreed.
Now don’t think our Americans haven’t tapped anyone up based on their moral compass. They are going through a short list only now simply because they do not care. They probably, most of the weeks, don’t even know what our results are. If they did, the moment there was first doubts over Emery they should have identified their chosen one.
Some are saying their list of candidates go up to 12, ranging from experience, a different ethos in how the game should be played, etc.
Even when Arsene Wenger gave them a couple of months’ notice that he was leaving they took another 2 months to make up their minds. It still hasn’t been explained how Arteta was seemingly days away from replacing Mr Wenger but now, when he has more experience, still we are indecisive.
Any other board in this country I would trust to have a plan, a vision.
I truly feel we are taking this day by day and literally going to see who impresses the most at the interview stage, like this is The Apprentice.
The longer this goes on the more I’m worried that there is zero idea what to do next.
If Allegri was realistic, surely you would have spoken by now and surely both parties would have come up with their terms and conditions and know if they agree to them? The longer our winless run goes, why would the Italian want to walk into a crisis in the middle of a campaign.
That goes for most elite names, surely you wait till the summer?
I can’t imagine how anyone can defend our American owners anymore. They have the resources to make this a post so appealing. They were paying Wenger one of the biggest salaries in the world, now there is talk that the money to replace a coach could be an issue. How much have we saved on the wage bill in the last 12 months? Our net profit in the transfer window was less than 20 million.
We are owned by a Billionaire, one of the richest men in the world. Make no mistake, he could pay the going rate, he could give a realistic summer kitty to invest in players.
Instead if you become Arsenal manager in 2019, you have to worry about a toxic fan base, employers who won’t back you, and your two best players running down their contracts, even though we were promised that wouldn’t be allowed to happen again.
How do you get someone who doesn’t care to care?
So when some gooners wonder why are we considering the likes of Vieira, Arteta, Eddie Howe or Nuno Santos; it’s because the criteria for the job means you will only get an individual so honoured to manage such a huge club they will tolerate the rubbish …..hence an Unai Emery.
Why would a Poch or an Ancelotti work in those conditions?
So, this is the moment the Kroenke family prove they don’t care. Just to show you how in the minority they are, I have done some research on how longer other Premier Leagueteamstake to replace a coach……
After reading below how can anyone defend our owners anymore?
Liverpool – sacked Rodgers 4th October and it took them only 4 days to tie up a deal for the out of work Klopp.
Leicester – Sacked Puel and in only two days identified Rodgers as their first choice, made it clear they were not waiting for him till the summer and got their man.
Man City – Announced with 4 months’ notice, with Pellegrini still in the job, that he would not have his contract extended that summer, at which point Pep Guardiola would be taking over.
Chelsea – Announced Sarri was leaving and spent the week waiting for an agreement to be reached by both parties on paying up his contract. As soon as they did, they asked Derby if they could speak to Lampard.
Man United – As soon as Jose was sacked United gave fans clarity, saying that Ole would be the caretaker till the end of the season as they didn’t think there were viable options available at that time.
Spurs – The change of Poch to Jose happened within 24 hours.
Palace – Quickly decided they had made a mistake in giving a chance to De Boer, day after he left in came Roy Hodgson.
Sheffield United – Nigel Adkins sacked and Chris Wilder appointed and announced on the same day.
Newcastle Shock -Mike Ashley is the only man to rival the Kroenke’s on how long it took to replace Benitez, 17 days. Although that was in pre-season not in the middle of the busiest time of the year.
Burnley – Sean Dyche Joined on the 30th October 2012, Eddie Howe had left on the 12th
Bournemouth – Eddie Howe returned to the Cherries due to family reasons so he was hired the same day his departure from Burnley was announced. Paul Groves was sacked 9 days previously.
West Ham – Had always said Moyes was coach until the end of the season before the board could discuss full time options. They picked Pellegrini.
Aston Villa – Sacked Bruce on October 3rd, Dean Smith hired a week later.
Southampton – Ralph Hasenhuttl brought in 3 days after the sacking of Hughes.
Everton – Wanted Marco Silva as soon as they sacked Sam Allardyce, but Watford dug in, making them wait a couple of weeks.
Norwich – Alan Irvine sacked and replaced by Daniel Farke on the same day.
Watford – The masters of sacking / hiring managers. The announcement of Garcia leaving and Flores returning made on the same day.