Opinion – Don’t bring Ancelotti to Arsenal, we need a youth-oriented coach

Carlo Ancelotti to Arsenal? We need younger coaches please. by Lagos Gooner

Here we go ahead; the media is so good at throwing any name at Arsenal at this searching period and expect us to just sit down, appreciate their good gesture, right? Wrong! Ancelotti to Arsenal is not a move I expect Arsenal to make, please.

I was reading through the papers last Friday and while every news site reported the sack of Emery as coach of Arsenal, a whole lot started predicting names that will be hired as the next coach of Arsenal. Others just inform about people who are considered by the club as the next Arsenal coach.

According to the Telegraph.co.uk, Ancelotti is one of the candidates being considered by Arsenal to replace Unai Emery. According to them, the only stumbling block is his annual salary demand, which is apparently fairly above what Emery earned at Arsenal.

The 60-year-old is currently contracted to Napoli until the summer of 2021. But even he is enduring his own struggles in Serie A with his side also on a run of seven games without a win.

His side finished second in his first season in charge, but they currently sit seventh with five wins from their opening 13 matches.

Morale among the squad is thought to be at an all-time low after they were heavily fined for refusing to attend a retreat in the aftermath of the 1-1 home draw with Red Bull Salzburg.

Now, why would Arsenal fire a coach who has been underperforming and go and appoint a coach who is also struggling with his team in Italy? This is not logical, is it?

At 60 years of age, Arsenal will do well to look away from Ancelotti and rather look towards the directions of coachs who are within the 30-50 age brackets. We need a youth-oriented coach whose ideology can align with the youthful players he would have at Arsenal.

Ancelotti has managed top clubs in Europe and this will speak well for him in this selection process but then, how many more years of coaching does he have in him? Will he be like a friend or like a father to the players?

What I am really trying to say here is that we need to consider many factors; and not just one or two factors before hiring a coach. Am I asking for too much, or do you think we should bring the likes of Ancelotti to Arsenal?

Sylvester Kwentua (Lagos Gooner)


  1. ramterta says:

    at least he knows how to beat Liverpool

  2. ozziegunner says:

    Unfortunately his best is in the past.

  3. David says:

    Whilst I think it is appropriate to question a manager based on the performances of his team I disagree with “ageism”. Nobody can readily say how many years a manager will have in the game.

  4. Reggie says:

    It is a young managers game now and the older managers are not winning much now. The game has moved on from the over 60 brigade. Not for me, he isn’t going to improve us.

  5. waal2waal says:

    Ancelotti is 60 – and not 88. The idea his best years are behind him is ageist and naive. He’s a much decorated manager and certainly has the pedigree we need. My reservation is only that a top flight EPL manager must be able to communicate in english or he’ll struggle.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Nothing to do with “ageism” or “naivety”, just current performances and looking for the best available for Arsenal. I am older than Ancellotti, but have no problem competing with younger professionals in my field.

  6. Truth says:

    Please no!!!! Not Carlo

    Brendan Rodger
    Koeman (although he might be on his was to Barca)
    Arteta (learned form a great coach, can he lead?)
    Ten Hag (might be on his way to `Bayern, plays great football, poor English)

  7. Mohsan says:

    We should not do what Man United did signing van gal, we have a chance n we are in position to take risk as we have nothing to loose at the moment. Go for young, hungry and new approach manager who can attract the crowd back n give us out ball playing team identity back…Ten Hag, Arteta or Nigglesman are my pick.

  8. Gunnerphilic says:

    Good points. Although I also don’t believe age has too much to do with it, this man is underperforming presently and should not be hired.

    Why not Arteta? He will improve the team in every way. We will be a better team and achieve most of our objectives with him. He has learnt from two of the best in the trade, Wenger and Guardiola.

  9. Gunnerphilic says:

    Who knows how Freddie will fare in the coming days and weeks? He might come good and take us to top four by season’s end. We need to see what he has to offer first.

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