Top 5: Managers Who should be Considered at Arsenal

Following on from my previous article where I outlined the problems within the current management structure at the Emirates, I was greeted with the typical “Wenger Knows Best” brigade and challenged to name others that could do a better job. I had thought not particularly long and hard about who I would like to succeed Wenger when hopefully he is sent packing. There were a few names I decided against, mainly due to the fact they have just recently moved clubs so I have omitted Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini and Vítor Pereira to name just a few who would have made the list otherwise.


1. Jurgen Klopp

  Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund congratulates FC Bayern Muenchen after losing the UEFA Champions League final match to them at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom

The Enigmatic German coach would be an outstanding choice to take over the reigns at Arsenal. He is of the highest pedigree. The job he has done at Dortmund is nothing short of a miracle when you consider the lack of financial resources he had when he took on the job back in 2008. Dortmund had to sell off many of their assets and almost start from day one again. With Klopp’s football philosophy he would be a perfect fit at the Emirates. He is used to working to a specific blueprint. I do not think it is too far to suggest this man is a football visionary. I would have to go as far as saying he is the real “Special one” He is the whole package, he is a motivator an a great tactician his record is very impressive as well, named German Manager of the year for Two years, has won Two Bundesliga Titles along with a German Cup and also the German Supercup.

2. Joachim Loew

Germany's coach Joachim Loew poses for photographers on the sidelines of a charity event in Berlin on December 13, 2012. With a record seven Bundesliga teams in the knock-out stages of either the Champions League or Europa League, Germany's European success can only help the national side, boss Joachim Loew has said.

Loew currently operates as the German National team coach where he has been masterminding success Internationally since 2006. He has always invested great time into developing young players and giving youth a real chance the current German National squad is great testament to that. He is yet to win a trophy on the International stage but Germany are many peoples Favourites for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil next year. He has vast experience within the game at different levels and I am sure he would be a great Candidate for the job. Interestingly his contract runs out after the World Cup next summer so he would also be available when Wenger’s runs out. 

3. Antonio Conte

Juventus' coach Antonio Conte looks on during the serie A football match between Juventus and Palermo on May 5, 2013 at the Alps stadium in Turin

Antonio Conte who had a very impressive playing career is starting to disprove the myth that good players dont make good Managers. He has only been managing since 2006 but has impressed many within the game especially in Serie A. His recent record is quite impressive for someone who has been learning his trade, He managed to take Bari up from Serie B in 2009 before moving to Juventus in 2011 where he has rejuvenated them (excuse the pun) winning Two Serie A titles on the bounce. Not only are they winning Titles they are winning them playing an attractive brand of football. There are parallels with how he used to play compared to how he sets his side about their business. His sides are energetic, industrious and attacking but do not neglect their defensive duties. As a player he won everything you could possibly win at club level it looks like he is on course to do the same as a Manager.

4. Frank De Boer & Dennis Bergkamp

The two former Ajax stars are now impressing as a Management team at their boyhood club. They have transformed a club that has been on the wane in recent years and are now making names for themselves in their new career. Bergkamp who was signed back in 1995 by former Arsenal Manager Bruce Rioch is acting more as an Assistant at Ajax with De Boer in the role of Manager. Together they have impressively won Three Eredivisie Titles in a row and have regained the dominance that the club once had, domestically at least. I am sure there will be a big number of Gooners that would welcome this kind of appointment.

5. Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid's Argentinian coach Diego Simeone looks on during the Spanish league football match Real Zaragoza vs Atletico Madrid on June  01,2013 at the Romareda Stadium in Zaragoza

Simeone who had a reputation as a bit of a hardman in his playing days has shown he can cut it as a Manager. He is currently in charge at Atletico Madrid where he has won Three titles in Two years. he has made them into the only real threat that there is to Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga and he has done this on a relatively small budget in comparison. Atletico play a very attractive style of football which many wouldn’t have expected looking back at Simeone’s playing days. There are some comparisons between Atletico and Arsenal with how both sides try to play their respective games. 

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As I said in my Introduction there were other names that would have made the list but they have recently moved clubs so I would think that would rule them out of any move next summer. With the five names I have mentioned I believe them all to be a good shout in replacing Wenger and getting the club moving again in the right direction. 


Feel Free to add some names to the mix or leave feedback on the article. 






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2 Responses to “Top 5: Managers Who should be Considered at Arsenal”

  1. June 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I would take any of these managers over Wenger but you pretty much have them in the order I would pick too!

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