Jorge Mendes throws his man into the mixer

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We’re in that moment in time where people on Twitter and trying to guess when the manager is going to be moved on.

‘Happening tonight lads’

I know it doesn’t need to be pointed out, but I can assure you, no one at Arsenal has a hotline into a 15-year-old on Twitter called @XhakaMyBae239.

That said, it’s clear that Arsenal aren’t in control of the leaks at the moment. It seems to me that many of the different factions within the club are running different stories in the press.

The alarming story that seemingly blasted out of nowhere yesterday was that Nuno is now a favourite for the role. Like being linked to Charles Nzogbia back in the day, this rumour doesn’t moisten my loins in any way whatsoever. In fact, I’m so dry at the thought, I’m applying Nivea Men to avoid dangerous chafing.

Nuno is a very good manager, he’s done amazing things at Wolves with a small squad of talented players, I’m just not that into the idea.

Two reasons.

  1. Underdog counter-attacking football isn’t where I want to be as a club. We basically hired that mode of operation in with Unai Emery. We’d just be bringing in a manager with better English to deliver that approach. When he was given a Porto side that teams deep blocked against, he couldn’t function and was fired.
  2. I detest the contacts network approach to management appointments. The idea that Raul would bring Mendes into the mixer again would really send a message that we’re fully under control of the super agents. Not a good look. Where has that landed us so far? David Luiz looks a complete horror show of a signing as well as an immense waste of money and agents fees. Unai Emery was straight out the back pocket of Raul, we did no due diligence, the push was so aggressive, people didn’t even care that the manager couldn’t speak English and had been mercilessly mocked for his grasp of French and Russian prior to that.

I just don’t think there’s much of an argument for bringing him into the mixer here. He took Valencia to 4th, Emery took them to 3rd three times. He went to Porto and failed to pick up any trophies or move the club forward in a season. He’s having a moment in the sun with Wolves, but ultimately, I think the stain of being so close to a super agent is too much… he was literally Jorge Mendes first-ever client way back in 1996.

I hope the same machinations pushing Jose and Enrique stories are trying to push Nuno onto the shortlist of managers we should speak to.

Unai Emery is taking charge of the game on Thursday against Frankfurt, some think this could be his last hurrah before he’s moved on, I’m not so sure. He’ll no doubt turn in a win there, then it’s Norwich, Brighton and West Ham… then the club is in the December zone.

Unless things are really rough, it’s hard to imagine us hiring a new person into a stretch of games where they’ll have to face United, City and Chelsea. That would not be a good start. If things really are that bad by December, I’d imagine we’ll bring in Freddie and Bould. Interesting to read that Freddie doesn’t have full UEFA licencing yet to be an actual manager, not sure if that’s accurate, but that could mean Steve Bould in the dugout.

Interesting to read that Unai stopped sending scouts live to watch opposition and doesn’t read dossiers compiled internally by our scouts… because he’d rather do it himself. When a manager starts hoarding responsibility like that, you know you have a bad one. I questioned his epic video analysis when he joined. Players have short attention spans, even shorter if they have to strain to understand the contents of your analysis. I cannot imagine how bad it must be sitting in a video lounge listening to Emery talk about the potency of Southampton’s threat to our defence.

Anyway, it’s coming to an end soon… let’s hope that Raul has something more creative than a Whatsapp ‘please help’ message to Mendes.

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214 Responses to “Jorge Mendes throws his man into the mixer”

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  1. Victorious

    I think the reason he didn’t come to Arsenal was because he knew he wouldn’t progress under a manager who had clearly past his sell by date.”

    Any chance we get a quote affirming this? Or could it be typical you waffling absolute trash off your ass?

    I know which is more likely

  2. Valentin

    Freddie, Steve Bould have a UEFA A license that allows them to be take charge of a premiership club for no more than 12 weeks. Per may have jay a UEFA B License and still be in the process of completing his UEFA A License. None of them have a UEFA Pro License that is required to be named permanent manager or even caretaker on a more long term basis (i.e. more than 12 weeks).

    I have been told that at least one club has tried the trick of using consecutively two tempory managers for 12 weeks each that were in fact acting as a duo during the 24 weeks. That did not go down very well with UEFA instances.

    So the idea of having Freddie for 12 weeks, then Bouldy for 12 weeks and Per for the remaining of the season would not fly.

  3. Pierre

    I was thinking how Arsenal have changed as a club in recent years and how the fan base is changing.

    There’s no doubting that the Arsenal fan base has changed over the last 20 years more than any other club.

    We are now a cosmopolitan club, some may say it’s a good thing some may say not so good.
    I personally like the fact that Arsenal have acquired fans from across the globe .

    I’m sure it was our brand of football under Wenger that encouraged them to support the club and who could blame them.

    I don’t quite think the new breed of fans quite understand how big a part of our life growing up supporting Arsenal as a kid was in the old days.

    We didn’t have a choice who we would support , Arsenal was in the family, it went through the generations , my 2 boys ( men now) are gooners , they had the pleasure of growing up watching Overmars, Bergkamp and Henry etc under a manager who saw football as an art form …lucky lads

    I have no doubt those memories will stay with them forever and I doubt if they will ever be bettered.

    Arsenal is in the blood , there are some on Le Grove who will know exactly what I mean.

    I am not being condescending, but i do not believe the new breed of fan quite gets it.

    I think you will find that the fans who stayed respectful to Wenger were, in the majority (not all), the old breed of fans or the offspring of the old breed of fans .(Graham the exception)

    I would often remind my kids to make the most of what they are experiencing at highbury as this could be as good as it gets, and even the worst Wenger years could prove to be better than what lies ahead.

    The strange thing now , is that the the new breed who disrespected Wenger and his style of football because Arsenal failed to win the prem, or failed to beat either Barcelona on Bayern Munich nearly every season in the knockout stages in the champions league, are the ones who have defended the clown who is in charge now.

    They are now getting the football they deserve.
    Hopefully Arsenal will rid themselves of the entitled ones during these hard times, and when we claw our back to the pinnacle in a few years time we will have a loyal and united fan base.

  4. Guvnor

    Tenerife Gooner,November 26, 2019 22:51:20
    Is Redruth on Holiday.

    Yes. His long suffering mum finally booked him a surprise one way ticket to Switzerland as part of a lovely euthanasia package.

    She’ll be renting out his room and once all of the used Kleenex wipes and cum stains have been removed from the walls and sheets, it will be perfect for a lodger.

  5. Danny S

    Pierre

    What a load of melodramatic tosh.

    No one, and I mean no one would dispute that in his first 10 years Wenger (along with Dean) transformed the club. Had Wenger left after 15 years, so a good 9 years without a league, we would have all looked back on him with fondness and possibly missed him. However he clung on, he stagnated and his last 3 seasons left us firmly in the shit with a under performing grossly over paid squad.
    This that we see now is the fallout of wengers later years when he had lost grip on the club and reality.
    He refused to change. He sat there and questioned the point of a DoF. He shunned the modern set up and refused to shake up the archaic back room of yes men he had at his teet.

    We all realise top four is very important. We all realise it’s not as easy as it looks to get there. But most people who have half a brain could also see the huge flaws in wengers regime and how we saw the same errors year in year out repeated and how we started to slip, and he wasn’t the man who was going to save us, and he was in fact starting to drag us down with his stubbornness and pride.

    This is all backed by the fact no one wanted him when he left. No one.

  6. Valentin

    After letting Kia Joorabchian get the better of him with that ludicrous David Luiz deal, Raul is now getting in bed with Jorge Mendes. That very same Jorge Mendes who has been kicked out of Real Madrid after trying too many time to scam Fiorentino Perez via inflated deal.
    If the deal is concluded, I cannot see that dalliance ending up well for Raul or Arsenal. Somebody will have his wallet emptied before the ink on the contract dry up.
    Thing could only be worse if we were to also be involved with Mino Raiola and Pini Zahavi. A potential silver lining could be that The Kroenke were to finally leave after being transform from billionaire into millionaire by those parasites.

  7. Gentlebris

    ‘I think the reason he didn’t come to Arsenal was because he knew he wouldn’t progress under a manager who had clearly past his sell by date.’

    Yeah Graham, Vardy felt Ranieri was the guy to take him to places and that Wenger would ruin him like he did….RVP for example. I agree with your assertions on this Graham, they are very correct and especially not laughable.

  8. Gentlebris

    We are really bringing names here today.

    Kia Joorabchian…..at least he’s not a coach, because that name sounds a bit scary to me.

    Nuno Espirito Santo sounds more like a yoga chant…..less scary.

    Where is CG? I could use some irrational company right now.

  9. Bojangles

    Val

    From last blog. I can only reiterate what I stated in my previous post. I watched the Pep interview, I didn’t read some blog’s interpretation. He clearly stated “I would like him to stay until the end of the season.” which is not the same as him being against him leaving.

  10. Gentlebris

    I’m willing to bet that Arsenal will go the caretaker way to get enough time to hire the right coach this time, and I like that idea.

    You don’t bring a Nuno to Arsenal in a hurry only to discover he can only do less than Emery……….as I’m suspecting.

    We all thought nobody could do a more porous defensive job than Wenger until Emery rode to town and made a real job of it.

    Believe me, lesser guys than Emery abound.

  11. Words on a Blog

    The really odd thing about the Nuno-for-Arsenal talk is that all of a sudden he was placed as favourite by the bookies (Skybet) before any rumours had really started and the journalists picked up on them…..hmmm.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Seems as if it is going to be Nuno.

    Lots of rumours suddenly from multiple sources.

    Would likely leave midseason for the opportunity to coach Arsenal.

    Fits the ‘head coach’ role Arsenal have now.

    The Mendes connection.

    Not sure how I feel about it. I can understand fans being a bit underwhelmed, at the same time it’s interesting.

  13. Emiratesstroller

    Draxler the German International who played under Emery at PSG has confirmed that his weakness is very poor communication skills.

    When you analyse Emery’s management/head coach career he has averaged
    just over 2 year in each job, but his track record at foreign clubs is shorter.

    One of the key differences between working at Spanish and Overseas Clubs is
    the makeup of the squad. Clubs like PSG and Arsenal have a large number of
    players from different parts of the world and speak often different languages
    albeit that most players at Arsenal have a reasonably good grasp of English.

    Emery was reasonably successful at both Seville and Valencia, but what is key
    at clubs like these is that most of the players are either Spanish or Spanish Speaking from South or Central America.

    On a different point I recognise that there is some concern about recruiting
    Arteta or Vieira because of their limited management experience.

    Yet a lot of pundits are impressed by Frank Lampard’s performance at Chelsea. Lampard at 41 is younger than both Vieira and Freddy Ljungberg
    and had only one year management experience at Derby before coming to
    Chelsea.

    Similarly Gerrard has been working just over 1 year at Rangers and is widely
    considered to be the successor of Knopp at Liverpool.

    My view is that Arsenal would be well advised to bring in a young manager with a good football and coaching background rather than necessarily someone who is maybe more experienced and has been modestly successful at another club.

    Both Arteta and Vieira have a similar if not better coaching pedigree than
    Lampard before his arrival at Chelsea.

  14. Pierre

    Stroller
    Until we dismiss Emery it is all conjecture.

    I do like the idea of bringing in someone younger but with a good football background, though personally i believe Rodgers is someone who would come in and we would see immediate improvement…..availability is the problem , plus compensation to Leicester.

    Having experience isn’t everything, Emery has experience and look where that has got us .

    As you said , Lampard has very limited experience but Chelsea took a chance and though it is still early days, it does look like they are on to a winner .

    Arteta or Vieira could provide something similar, i would say the Arsenal hierarchy are split as to what to do next.

    Raul and vinai probably were gambling on Emery getting his act together so they didn’t have to make the inevitable decision.

    Reality must have sunk in by now and i would imagine there is a lot of head scratching as to what to do next.

    The question is , who is it who’s doing the hiring and firing now .
    Someone has to put their head on the chopping block and stand up and be counted .

    We have Raul, vinai ,edu and Josh kronke but who makes the final call.

  15. Edu me a favour

    Wolves have been quite a sensation really , they play great football and they turned us and united over last season , didn’t they beat united 3-0 twice ? Once in the league and once in the fa cup ? they didn’t exactly scrape those wins , they were pretty comprehensive- they fight for Nuno and everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing – this could be our poch moment , equivalent to when he left saints for spurs. He knows the league knows how to fight and he knows how to say good evening , and above all else he’s got a cave man beard.

  16. Words on a Blog

    I am very much an “ITD” – “In The Dark”, with no connections with anyone in the club.

    But I’m getting a very, very strong feeling that Nuno will be announced very soon – possibly tomorrow or Thursday before the Eintracht Frankfurt match – on the basis that betting markets moved to make him favourite BEFORE there was any social media chatter or journalists’ reports.

    No doubt this place will explode in anger/confusion, but I really like the guy and his approach to football.

  17. China1

    Pierre I imagine josh delegates but would need to sign off on the sacking

    I believe it’s as much a case of Raul being too embarrassed to go to josh and say he wants to sack him so he’s praying emery bails him out. Which over the course of the season clearly won’t happen

    Every day that goes by is just another of Raul hiding from his responsibilities

  18. Emiratesstroller

    Many of the candidates listed as potential managers/head coaches at Arsenal
    have a decent record at “Small Town Clubs” where they are under less scrutiny
    or pressure. It does not follow that they can and will translate success at a
    major or metropolitan club like Arsenal with a much bigger Organisation.

    Coaches like Vieira, Arteta, Bergkamp and Ljungberg have all played at Arsenal and also have coaching experience in major clubs.

    Arteta has now worked alongside Guardiola for 2.5 years. When you watch
    Man City during games there is always an animated conversation between
    the two coaches and I get the impression that Guardiola treats Arteta as an
    “equal” when it comes to decision making

  19. Leedsgunner

    So let me get this right, are some people just grumbling against NES because he’s not Arteta? Because that’s what it looks like to me.

    I agree with Edu me a favour and Words, NES tenure at Wolves reminds me of Pochettino at Southampton… and he has done great work at Wolves… and he has gotten them playing as a team attacking and defending together… even against the likes of Man City and Liverpool without blinking or losing his bottle. When was the last time we did that?!?

    I’m willing to give him a chance especially if he can continue his good work with youth players like he has done with players like Ruben Neves… I can see W.illock really learning from a coach like NES.

  20. Leedsgunner

    Pedro

    I know you and I have contrasting opinions on Arteta but at least we’re united on Emery… he has to go.

    Plus, credit where credit is due. You were right to be sceptical on Emery all along… you called it right.

  21. Nelson

    Rumor is that one of Kroenke is in London. The players were given two days off. Something may be happening. Please don’t hold your breath!

  22. Leedsgunner

    Apparently the reason we are dragging our feet in sacking Emery mid season is because of the £4m pay off… which would be nothing if done at the end of the season.

    If true this is loopy logic because we’ll lose more than that if we miss out on top 4 never mind the loss of Auba and Lacazette.

    Sack Emery now!!!

  23. Tony

    If Santos is our Poch/Southampton moment, does this mean he’ll have the same zero success winning nothing as Poch did at Spuds?

    Questions are has Santos reached his ceiling at Wolves and is he really the guy to first secure CL football again and secondly have us challenging for top honours within say 3 years?

    Raul will really have to fall on his sword if the next manager doesn’t work out.

    Just another day on the Arsenal manager merry-go-round circus.

  24. Pedro

    … that Arsenal are penny pinching on sacking Emery.

    Raul is the bottleneck. Emery is his boy.

    Just hope the next decision is right!

    Poch would be the dream… but reckon he’s going to PSG.

  25. China1

    If Raul will miss cl money to save 4m I guess he went to the same economics school as arsene

    Save a penny spend a pound

  26. peanuts&monkeys

    Tactically, Arsenal management may be correct in holding back the sacking and timing it better.

    As i read today, both Ancelotti and boy oh boy, even Favre is likely to get the shift later this week. Both are way better than Emery.

    And then, Arsenal is spoilt for choices: Ancelotti, Favre, Poch and Allegri.

    OMG!!

  27. Zacharse

    Santos is such a random pick seems like he’s the public smokescreen and nothing more. Unless arsenal want to be europa league for the forseeable

  28. Bojangles

    Emirates, you forgot to mention that Draxler also said he thought Emery was a good coach, so not sure how much faith we can have in his comments..😁

    Someone has always been my coach of choice for Arsenal but that ain’t gonna happen. There have been a number of names bandied about on here the past couple of days. I’d accept most but can’t go with the likes of Dyche, Howe or Wilder (call me a football snob,) for me these guys have reached their level… I would prefer taking a chance on Arteta or Viera.

  29. China1

    I disagree with the notion that we need to protect Freddie or boils from the difficult December run

    The fans will be accommodating as long as the role is demonstrably caretaker

    It might be that either of those two actually does well, in which case that’s awesome. If they don’t the fans won’t be on the managers back. I think the fans only need to see the players giving 100% effort until the new guy comes and the fans won’t be going in on the manager.

    It’s a very different things being a legendary ex player on a caretaker role for a couple of weeks or months or a long term role where you are the big dog.

    It’s different and any fan who can’t stand up and support 100% for a few weeks with Freddie in charge, regardless of if he struggles is no arsenal fan I will understand

    Those two are legends – especially Freddie for me. The expectations are low and the games are difficult. Let them have a go and it will be what t will be. Worst case scenario we do poorly (already are, no difference), Freddie gets a bit of top end management experience which is good for him, and when the new guy comes in the fans will say thanks for your efforts and will welcome him back into the assistant role again or any other internal role

    No concerns whatsoever from my side

    And for that short period it would feel so refreshing to see a manager who we all loved back with us even if it won’t last.

    Freddie or bould in

  30. Graham62

    China

    In total agreement.

    Yet another day though has passed us by without any positive action. This is what pisses us all off more than anything.

    You see it, I see it, the hole frigging universe sees it and yet our hierarchy keep dithering and digging an even bigger hole for themselves.

    What are they actually thinking? Do they see this as being healthy for the club? Do they not see that the more they keep dragging their heels in on this, the more problems they are causing for themselves and the club.

    It just beggars belief.

  31. Valentin

    Bojangles,

    I have also seen the interview and I have a different understanding/interpretation of it. I was just genuinely curious to know what you picked from the interview. We all have inconscious bias, we all interpret things based on our own experience. Seeing your interpretation would have just helped me see a different perspective.

    When Pep says “I would like him to stay until the end of the season, …” I understand

    From a professional viewpoint I don’t want him to leave mid-way through the season, however I can’t stop him. Also from a human viewpoint, this is an opportunity of a life, so I understand that he is interested and I would like him to be able to take it and enjoy it.

    From the rest of the interview and the body language, I pick that he is clearly conflicted. On one side losing Arteta would be a massive professional inconvenience. On the other hand he does not want to be the one that stop a friend (I think he considers Arteta as a friend) from getting his own shot at managing.

  32. Moray

    “And then, Arsenal is spoilt for choices: Ancelotti, Favre, Poch and Allegri.”

    Which will just make it more frustrating when we finally plump for Steve maclaren or someone

  33. Guernsey gun

    If it’s NES we’ll be having these discussions Again in…..18 months. Staggeringly short sighted falling strategy. I’d rather we went bold and tried something fresh, NES is not the answer.

  34. Valentin

    China,

    Like it has been said before because Freddie does not have a UEFA Pro License, Freddie can only work as a temporary caretaker manager for up to 12 weeks not until the end of the season. So if a permanent manager cannot be found now, we would need to find one within 12 weeks.
    Firing Emery and hiring Freddie would just be a short term solution. If his preferred candidate is not available immediately, Raul would still need to find an acceptable caretaker manager till the end of the season.

  35. Dream10

    Valentin

    Raul making sure Arsenal are in bed with the super agents. We’re officially Contacts FC. It’s useful when you are at the top of the food chain like PSG/Barça, not so sure when the Kroenkes operates the cash register.

  36. Alex Cutter

    “Draxler the German International who played under Emery at PSG has confirmed that his weakness is very poor communication skills.When you analyse Emery’s management/head coach career he has averaged
    just over 2 year in each job, but his track record at foreign clubs is shorter.One of the key differences between working at Spanish and Overseas Clubs is
    the makeup of the squad. Clubs like PSG and Arsenal have a large number of
    players from different parts of the world and speak often different languages
    albeit that most players at Arsenal have a reasonably good grasp of English.Emery was reasonably successful at both Seville and Valencia, but what is key
    at clubs like these is that most of the players are either Spanish or Spanish Speaking from South or Central America.On a different point I recognise that there is some concern about recruiting
    Arteta or Vieira because of their limited management experience. Yet a lot of pundits are impressed by Frank Lampard’s performance at Chelsea. Lampard at 41 is younger than both Vieira and Freddy Ljungberg
    and had only one year management experience at Derby before coming to
    Chelsea.Similarly Gerrard has been working just over 1 year at Rangers and is widely
    considered to be the successor of Knopp at Liverpool.My view is that Arsenal would be well advised to bring in a young manager with a good football and coaching background rather than necessarily someone who is maybe more experienced and has been modestly successful at another club.Both Arteta and Vieira have a similar if not better coaching pedigree than
    Lampard before his arrival at Chelsea.”

    ok boomer

  37. CG

    So a week after Spurs sign The Special One and are doing mega deals with Amazon Prime – we are after The Non Descript One (version 2)

    The ungainly and lanky Wolves manger who looks like he has just come from the Amazon himself would be another appalling choice as Arsenals Coach.

    He does fit the The Spivs criteria though and ticks all his boxes below in which he chooses Arsenal employees

    Dopey
    Pliable
    Yes Man
    Bang Average

    eg Edu/Emery/NES

    He is competent counter attacking coach.
    His teams have played well on the break ( basically with the speedster Traore)
    His home form is very patchy- when they win -its by the odd goal and its ugly played out in empty gold seats.

    He wiil Come and he will Go pretty Quick.
    And this time The Spiv will follow him through the Arsenal exit Door

    Because always remember

    You cant Support Rauls Arsenal- cos it aint Arsenal!
    Its a contaminated version – not the healthy and pure one of yore.

    Its a battle to reclaim it back- but its a battle we will ultimately win.

    Raul Out!

  38. Receding Hairline

    Nuno Espirito Santo? Color me unimpressed.

    Yes he will do a job for a while, then we become a club firmly in Jorge Mende’s pocket, the we become the bridesmaids never the bride.

    Someone called it our Pochettino from Southampton move, yes that’s what it is and its uninspiring.

  39. Siddharth14

    Going for NES is a safe bet if Allegri and Arteta are having doubts about taking over this Arsenal squad. TBH, Arteta would be wise to stay away from Arsenal at the moment. Let’s not ignore the possibility that Arsenal can negatively impact the career of any budding Manager in the present circumstances.

    In such a case, i can see our risk averse board going for a relatively less known decent manager albeit having premiership experience for having a good shout at the top four.

  40. Alex Cutter

    “So a week after Spurs sign The Special One and are doing mega deals with Amazon Prime – we are after The Non Descript One (version 2)The ungainly and lanky Wolves manger who looks like he has just come from the Amazon himself would be another appalling choice as Arsenals Coach.He does fit the The Spivs criteria though and ticks all his boxes below in which he chooses Arsenal employeesDopey
    Pliable
    Yes Man
    Bang Averageeg Edu/Emery/NESHe is competent counter attacking coach.
    His teams have played well on the break ( basically with the speedster Traore)
    His home form is very patchy- when they win -its by the odd goal and its ugly played out in empty gold seats.He wiil Come and he will Go pretty Quick.
    And this time The Spiv will follow him through the Arsenal exit DoorBecause always rememberYou cant Support Rauls Arsenal- cos it aint Arsenal!
    Its a contaminated version – not the healthy and pure one of yore.Its a battle to reclaim it back- but its a battle we will ultimately win.Raul Out!”

    ok

    boomer!

  41. CG

    RH

    “”””Someone called it our Pochettino from Southampton move, yes that’s what it is and its uninspiring.””””

    I would call it Marco Silva from Watford to Everton

    Hideous.
    Doomed to Failure and everyone Knows that – Except Raul it seems!

    ps

    Congratulations on our PedRo on his Post yesterday- he was the first to gauge what the Spiv was up to before anyone else…..

    Kudos!

  42. Receding Hairline

    “In such a case, i can see our risk averse board going for a relatively less known decent manager albeit having premiership experience for having a good shout at the top four.”

    yea except this has been tried 18 months ago and it did not work

  43. Receding Hairline

    “Our club is in a mess… the first priority has to be to rid ourselves of Emery.”

    All well and good

    Then you make the wrong appointment and in 10 months time our first priority will be to rid ourselves of *insert name here*

  44. Ishola70

    Receding

    What was your reaction when Emery was first appointed?

    Were you positive about the appointment?

    What is the “right” appointment at this time Receding?

  45. Aussie Gooner

    While we consider all alternative to Emery (my cat could probably do a better job at the moment – his tean selection would be bang on!) how about Paul Davis – off the peg, all the relevant qualifications, Arsenal DNA, very little experience. Take it Wiki – “Davis returned to Arsenal to become a youth coach in 1996, before leaving the club in 2003. In September 2003 Davis joined The Professional Footballers’ Association coaching department. On 27 October 2005, Davis was invited to become assistant manager of Kettering Town F.C. by new manager Paul Gascoigne, he left Kettering at the same time as Gascoigne’s departure from the club on 5 December 2005, despite being asked to stay on, but he chose to return to the Professional Footballer’s Association where he worked in coach education and equality until February 2016. In March 2016, Davis joined the FA where he continues to work with the elite coach development team. Davis has studied and gained the FA and Pro UEFA Coaching awards, the highest coaching award in the U.K. along with his UEFA ‘A’ Licence and the FA Diploma in Football Management from Warwick University, as well as his coach educators awards. Davis is now a senior coach/coach educator for the organisation and he is also an ambassador for the ‘Kick It Out’ and ‘Show Racism the Red Card organisations'”

  46. Receding Hairline

    “What was your reaction when Emery was first appointed?”

    Surprised but it was an okay appointment in my view, not one i would have advised mind you due to the PSG baggage, felt he needed a lower pressure job after that but understood why he got the job short term.

    “Were you positive about the appointment?”

    The first question you asked covered this

    “What is the “right” appointment at this time Receding?”

    The right appointment at this time should unite the fan base. I know you are getting all giddy envisaging a Portuguese revolution hence the leading questions but permit me to be uninspired by that. If you make Nuno leave Wolves you are giving him a longer contract than he had there, more money, this is not going to be short term two years like Emery, this will be much more costly to rid yourselves of if it fails. And the man has failed before.

    The thing is at this moment everyone has different ideas on what the right appointment is

    Some want a bit of what Spurs had for five years

    Some want to go British given a go ala Howe, Wilder, Dyche even for one gentleman

    Some want anyone but Emery

    What do i want? Naglesmann, Allegri, Koeman and funny enough Arteta ( was open to it at first and still open to it, not as Pedro though that’s for sure).

    Nuno will do a job, i have no doubt about that, we will win some big games etc but i don’t think we are breaking any new grounds with him in charge.