I have in the past praised Wenger for what he has done for Arsenal Football Club, but many supporters have different views and don’t want him to lead our club.
That’s fine though isn’t it, we wouldn’t all want to be the same would we and the lack of trophies in our cabinet since 2005 will always be a topic of conversation. Is it the players we sign, or is it the tactics? Of course, if fans feel it’s the latter, then the manager is always going to be in the firing line.?
Players can be temperamental, one minute they will be fired up the next minute they can be lethargic and perform as if they care very little. Managers can do as much as they can to motivate them but ultimately it’s down to the player to perform to the maximum, he shouldn’t need motivating.
However, it is the job of the manager and coaches to try and get them in the right frame of mind before a game with motivational talks and if there are players who need a quiet word in private, then so be it, they get it done.
Many players are superstitious, they like to do the same things week after week and if this routine is interrupted then that may result in the player under performing. Lucky charms, the same pair of socks or even the same meal before kick off and there are players around who insist on being the last out the tunnel. All this matters to them.
Most though just want to get onto the pitch and start playing, all the lining up, hand shaking and waving to the fans just gets in the way for some.
Managers have all this to contend with on match days, they have to be motivator, Father figure and they have to also be a psychologist for some but as we know, if they get the job done and if we get the right results, it’s all been worthwhile.
Managing a football team seems like an easy job to the fans, all they want is one thing and that’s a result. Simples!
He/she doesn’t always care if they have been entertained for ninety minutes as long as the three points are secured at the final whistle.
Many just see the Manager as the man who leads the team out, you know the guy out in front who earns so many millions just to be there, the guy that sits on the bench or in his technical area kicking a bottle around or swearing at the fourth official.
Managers like Wenger have hectic days, emotional days and certainly a few embarrassing days.
He along with many others, have to select 11 players out of a squad of many, the players they think will win them the game but they also have to remember the other guys on the bench and the ones who haven’t even made it to there. He has to make all of the squad feel wanted and needed at the club and instil belief in these players that one day their chance will come.
Having the right staff around the manager is also very important, everyone has to be singing from the same hymn sheet and there is no place for divide or little squabbles as any such thing could cause disruption.
Managing may seem an easy, well paid job but when managers like Wenger are stood in front of the cameras being scrutinised, asked questions with a double meaning and criticised/ridiculed by a certain few, they to be on their guard. Saying the right things is important as there are millions of supporters hanging on their every word and this happens before and after a game.
It can’t be easy straight after a match when a few decisions have gone against the team and points have been lost because of it and suddenly there is another camera and more silly questions. Just one wrong answer and the FA can’t wait to take action, especially if that wrong answer has been about a referee’s performance.
Yes the job seems easy doesn’t it?
They travel to many away fixtures in luxury, go to the best hotels with room service and lovely meals and don’t have to fork out a penny for any of it. All they have to do is turn up at the ground in their best togs and get VIP treatment.
All sounds very rosy doesn’t it?
There are twenty managers in the Premier League and when the transfer window opens they have to know who to sell, who to sign, whether or not their club can afford to sign them or not and what happens to players the club already have?
Not everyone can be pleased all the time but it’s the manager’s job to try and keep everybody happy.
Wenger speaks eleven languages, not many other than Roy Hodgson can boast that, but it’s a good job he does really the way football has gone, not even overseas player can be expected to speak English as soon as they arrive in England.
Supporters are continually calling for great players to be signed and cannot understand why Wenger just doesn’t pay what it takes to sign them and give them what they want in terms of salary but the books have to be balanced and selling has become just as important as buying. Wenger has to try and compete with wealthy club managers, ones who can throw money after money and not worry. If they want to sign the same player as he does, he just can’t compete.
Does all this still seem an easy job to you?
Wenger has had his bad years where things have turned on him, he has been gazumped more times than three bedroom houses in the seventies but he has got over it and has taken the stick from supporters along the way. Some of whom feel that he is just an old Scrooge who won’t part with the clubs money.
Managing is not as easy as it looks and you can see that on the faces of many managers who have come under a lot of stress when things aren’t going to plan and I have seen many age in just a couple of seasons.
So when you moan about how much Wenger earns, remember it may look easy but you must have a very thick skin to do the job properly.
Wenger has been with us sixteen years he has brought us trophies, he has given us the Invincibles, got us in the Champions League every year since it started and he has helped move us from Highbury to a state of the art stadium.
Could we do better than Wenger?
Possibly, but would you want to?
I certainly wouldn’t and with the team or should I say squad he has assembled this season we could finally break that trophy duck.
I say bring it on Wenger, I trust in you….
Written by Steve Palmer