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KICKER have dropped the T word in relation to the A word.
Yes people, Le Grove’s favourite manager in Europe has apparently rejected the Bayern Munich job because he has eyes for the Arsenal role.
What do I think of this? Seems a bit weird. I mean, we landed Dortmund’s chief scout, Sven M, because he was hounded out by Tuchel.
However, let’s be real here. I’m reading Team of Rivals, the story about President Lincoln’s rise to power. If he can bring people together who f*cked him over royally on his way to the top, why can’t we believe in the ability of grown adults to be mature, bury the hatchet and make things great again?
As an expert in conflict resolution myself (LOL), this is how you’d resolve this issue if it were advertising:
> Step 1: Go have a beer and a sausage > hug it out
> Step 2: Set R&Rs (roles and responsibilities) upfront. More often than not, these blow-ups and power struggles come from the power vacuum created by a messy environment. If Tuchel and Sven fell out over player transfers, it’s likely because Thomas felt his opinion was marginalized (it was over the signing of Oliver Torres). There obviously needs to be a brain trust for player signings, someone needs to have VETO power, so it’s a question of how you set that up in the upfront so there’s no arguing after.
> Step 3: Make sure there’s always a mediator in the room. If you let two strong-minded folk battle it out to the death, they will go to the death. Raul would have to be an important 3rd set of eyes in the room so it doesn’t become a power struggle.
But here’s the thing, you can resolve these issues as long as the core problem isn’t that you fundamentally hate the pr*ck on the other side of the table.
Tuchel is a monster of a manager. There is only one way you can defeat Pep Guardiola, that’s better ideas. There aren’t many managers in the world of football who have better ideas than Tuchel. His issue was man management at Dortmund. He’s clearly on the spectrum, but when he started falling out with the players and the backroom staff, it was time to go. That said, he was new to a high pressured job. We all make mistakes growing up in our careers, as long as everytime you fuck up, you learn to rectify it and move on, then you’re in a good place.
If you don’t rate the German, take some time out to read up about him, his ideas, his passion for mesmeric football. Go and look at some highlight reels of the sort of build up play he encourages. His football at Dortmund was the next level, is the next level, is the next level. Look at the state of Dortmund since he left. It’s poverty football over there these days.
When I had the pleasure of working next to a sports CEO, he used to tell me he knew all the weaknesses of his manager. His job was to insulate his main man with the right hires that could allow his strengths to flourish. If you know that man management can sometimes be an issue, find an assistant who can take care of that. If you know he lacks defensive nous, hire a coach who is the best in the business at that part of the game, that can be seen as an equal (Steve Bould and about 10 others who used to play in great defences would be a start). The most important thing here, is you can tame, protect and nurture genius, you can’t teach it. You will not succeed without it.
I still think the signing is unlikely, but what I will say is the falling out is only relevant because it’s football and people see the game through the lens of a kids playground.
Before I go, one other interesting thing I noticed. The club hasn’t issued any sort of ‘we support Arsene’ statement. The rumours about a new hire keep intensifying. Stories about LA and thier success only add fuel to the notion that maybe, just maybe, it’s over for Wenger this summer.
Right, I am back on the blogging full time this week. Thanks for your patience.