What just happened? Exciting times ahead! by AndersS
As a “Wenger Out” supporter for years, I have honestly been perplexed that Wenger wasn’t sacked a long time ago. Several times I thought, for sure he would be sacked. But to my surprise It didn’t happen. Now that he steps down I am very happy but also a little bit taken aback at the significance of it all.
Two questions comes to mind; Why right now and what next?
As to why right now, you could say it is a bit academic, as the main thing is that he is actually leaving. But even so, it is interesting to speculate: Has he finally realized he can’t take us forward any longer?
Did the owners/management quietly let him know it would be best if he resigned so they wouldn’t have to sack him? A well known and often used method in many “industries”, where there is a certain level of respect for the person in question.
Has fan protests and “boycott” of matches actually played a part?
Has Wenger been offered another job, which now seems like a good escape route?
Several more questions can be raised, and I am certain the press is working overtime to see if they can dig out some facts about it all, and it will be interesting to follow if they come up with some background.
What is even more interesting and exciting is – what next?
First of all, it can only be a good thing it happens before the Atletico games. Atletico will be extremely difficult to beat and we need everything to fall in place for it to happen. This will definitely unite the fans behind the team and immediately create a much more positive atmosphere, which can only help. Whether it is enough, we shall see.
Who will the next manager be? If the owners/management actually are behind this, although it is made look like Wenger’s own decision, then here may already be a new manager lined up which will be announced in a few days in order to respect Wenger. If the next manager hasn’t been decided, one would have to think they have a shortlist, which they are already working on.
Personally, I can’t claim to have the knowledge of who would be the best choice. I certainly have a few names which I would find exciting but I am just happy we will now see some change.
I can’t wait to see which positions in the team the new manager will want to strengthen. Nor can I wait to see the organization of the team. And how about a new take on developing the individual players?
What is most exciting? I really don’t know.