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Wenger “lined up” to replace Allardyce

| Tuesday, 08 May 2018 29comments  |  Jump to last

Everton could approach Arsene Wenger about taking the managerial role at Goodison Park according to a tabloid report.

Paul Brown and David Woods in the Daily Star claim that former Arsenal chief executive and personal friend of both Wenger and Bill Kenwright, David Dein, would act as the intermediary should the Blues make serious overtures to the departing Gunners boss at the end of the season.

Speculation remains rife that Sam Allardyce will not be retained as Everton manager beyond the current campaign and Wenger, who admits he has had, “more than I expected,” in the way of job offers since it was announced he is stepping down at the Emirates, would be an obvious candidate to replace him, in the eyes of the media at least.

Wenger indicated recently that he would find it almost impossible to manage another English Premier League club given his long association with Arsenal and his love for the North London club but that is unlikely to quell links in the media to rival teams.

The Guardian, meanwhile, report that Paris St Germain are eyeing Wenger as they look to fill the vacancy created by Unai Emery's departure from the Ligue 1 champions.

“I don't look very good on the beach,” the 68-year-old Wenger quipped as he stressed that he probably wants to keep working in the game for many years to come. “I don't know how long I can carry on. How long would I like to? As long as I feel I want to.

“But overall people look at your age and make an issue of it. It becomes a bit discrimination. They don't really look how you work and perform.

“They look and say, ‘Oh, he is old'. I can understand that as I thought the same when I was young.

“But who knows? I like the English saying, ‘You have to live every day like it is your last — and one day you will be right'.

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Jay Harris
1 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:59:31
David Dein, Wenger and Arteta.

I would be happy and optimistic with that

Peter Thistle
2 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:07:28
Daily Star is the least reliable source of info out there. Ignore
Brian Williams
3 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:11:03
Everton "could" approach Wenger. We "could" approach Pep too but... pfffffff!
Gavin Johnson
4 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:13:00
I don't want him and he wouldn't come anyway.
Keith Harrison
5 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:20:45
I would have him mentoring either Arteta or Vieira, but Gav doesn't want him so that's out.
Ian Fisher
6 Posted 09/05/2018 at 00:27:42
In what alternative universe/dimension could anyone ever speculate Wenger taking over from Allardyce at a football club??

A bizarre thought certainly considering their managerial paths over the last 20 odd years.

Michael Penley
7 Posted 09/05/2018 at 01:03:02
Stop engaging in age discrimination everyone. 68 is not too old.
Derek Thomas
8 Posted 09/05/2018 at 01:08:53
Dein, Wenger and Arteta; may as well up the treble to a 5p each way yankee and throw in Usmanov as well. Total ٟ.11; Potential winnings - Astronomical.

Edit: too right Michael, but after watching this season's offerings I'm feeling every month of it.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 09/05/2018 at 01:19:50
Bill Kenwright holds no sway anymore.
Jim Hardin
10 Posted 09/05/2018 at 02:59:30
Just to make me happy about Everton for a while, I am going to assume that Wenger will be our new manager (with Arteta or Cazorla, whose career I fear is over as a player but what a coach he could be) until someone else is hired or SA starts actually signing new players over the summer.
Paul Smith
11 Posted 09/05/2018 at 05:01:55
This will never happen and he's washed up anyway. It's why Arsenal don't want him.

Lenny Kingman
12 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:27:18
The fear of many Blues fans may be realized when the Board sit on their fat wallets and decide that football is a results driven business. Then announce in this infinite wisdom that Mr Allardyce and co are staying.
Danny Broderick
13 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:56:27
Wenger will never manage another English club. He's an Arsenal man.
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 09/05/2018 at 09:31:31
I'm agreeing with Big Jim again! Although I've just read we are now interested in the Porto manager.
Brian Porter
15 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:16:16
If we can get Wenger for £8m compared to the £6m we are paying Dinosaur Sam I'm happy to take Wenger and his experience any day over what we currently have. Let's remember for all his years in the game, Sam Allardyce has won ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Compare that to Arsene Wenger whose trophy cabinet is probably bigger than Sam's dining room. I also had some dealings with Wenger some years ago in connection with a terminally ill young lad, a mad Arsenal fan and I can guarantee that Arsene Wenger is a thoroughly good man who would be a perfect fit for Everton's ideals.
Tony Everan
16 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:21:38
Manager rumour of the day runs all this week

Sunday it was Silva

Monday it was Pat Vieira

Tuesday it was Edward Howe ( full name makes him sound like a Tory MP)

Wednesday it is Arsene Wenger

Paul Mackay
17 Posted 09/05/2018 at 11:50:33
Howe please
Salim Rehman
18 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:01:06
Out go: Ferguson, Shakespeare, Fat Sams.

Incoming: Wenger on a 2-year contract with Arteta & Unsworth.

John Hammond
19 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:03:49
The Times have added Porto's Sergio Conceicao to the list.
Michael Lynch
20 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:23:18
Love all these big names being bandied around. To be fair though, getting one of them to manage our squad would be a bit like getting a McClaren Formula 1 mechanic to work on your Nissan Qashqai He might be able to fix the clutch, but it still won't win a race.
David McMullen
21 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:31:35
It makes sense considering Moshiri's Arsenal link. Would act as another stabeliser in an unstable and eratic period for Everton Football Club. Not sure at all he's the right man though. Great though are his acheivements at Arsenal, he's gone backwards there.
Kunal Desai
22 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:38:25
@16 Tony, Thursday will probably be Allardyce staying. In any case sadly this is sounding like a rendition to Craig David's song.
Jim Hardin
23 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:24:20

No worries, all of the smartest people I know agree with me. Always happy to welcome one more into a large and ever-expanding circle!

Eddie Dunn
24 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:37:40
I am amazed at the season ticket sales. Are people acting in the hope of a more exciting manager or are they quite happy with the football on offer?
At the moment I wouldn't make a special effort to watch us, the hordes of away fans have been let down on so many occasions this season that it is incredible that they keep the faith.
A Howe, a Wenger or even a Silva would at least allow us to imagine better football.
Can the board/Moshiri be so out of step that they will keep Sam?
John Pierce
25 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:50:18
I have to say this is unlikely but I would be interested. Wenger has many pro/cons.

His record with youth players is decent, his style of football is good and with a potential ground move on the horizon has seen it all before.

He is undoubtedly past his best, neglects defensively minded players and keepers because, well, his style renders them redundant.

At Everton we're the attacking players aren't as good that would be exposed and could he adapt? Truly on the fence, if by a miracle we got him certainly would welcome him.

Craig Walker
26 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:55:24
Tony @ 16 - to the tune of The Cure: It's Friday. Joachim Löw.
Jamie Evans
27 Posted 09/05/2018 at 16:34:41
The Daily Star.


Dermot Byrne
28 Posted 09/05/2018 at 16:44:57
Sums my view up really well John Pierce
Seb Niemand
29 Posted 10/05/2018 at 20:24:59
Well, while we're lining up fantasy managers, you may as well add Brian Clough to the list. He's just as likely to sign as any of the names mentioned above.

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