Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Arsenal fans that a change in management will likely backfire, while praising the character of Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss has come under fire in recent seasons, and has been the subject of numerous protests by sections of fans, and we have even witnessed planes being flown over stadiums brandishing the #WengerOut banner.
The Frenchman is the longest standing manager in the Premier League following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure back in 2014, and the Scottish former coach has insisted that Wenger’s criticism’s are short-sighted.
‘At the moment, of course, with the ridiculous situation of the pressure Arsene is under, I just wonder if they realise the job he’s done,’ Ferguson said.
‘The most amazing thing about him is this: he has come through a forest of criticism for months now, and has never bowed. He has seen it right through, he has shown a determination, a stubbornness. I think when you look at that, it’s a quality, and I’m not sure they’ll get another manager like that.
‘It’s quite easy to say ‘Get rid of him’, but who do you get? Who do you get in to keep that club the way they are for the next 20 years? I really feel sorry for him because I think he’s shown outstanding qualities, and I think he has handled the whole situation. I don’t know many that have done that
‘Has long-termism vanished? I hope not, because I think the stability that a manager like Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal, and Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, myself at United…there’s no evidence that sacking a manager brings success.’
United have failed to mount a title challenge since Ferguson left his post, despite huge spending by the club on big-names players each summer, and our club has finished above them every year since he left.
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