Ahead of Saturday’s match, Arsene Wenger has praised United boss Steve McClaren for following in Sir Bobby Robson’s footsteps.
The Arsenal manager believes more English coaches/managers should broaden their horizons and manage abroad.
Very few have made that leap, with Sir Bobby Robson easily the glittering example of how English managers can succeed in other leagues, whilst at the same time becoming a great ambassador for the country.
Helping to dilute the ‘little Englander’ view that is held of us by many on the continent.
Whilst the English Premier League is home to managers from all around the world, David Moyes is the only one who springs to mind at the moment, who is chancing his arm at Real Sociedad.
Wenger says that managers such as Sir Bobby Robson and Steve McClaren had special reason to have a go abroad, saying that the best thing after managing England is simply to ‘get out of the country for a while’.
Sir Bobby managed in three different countries after leaving the England job, taking over at PSV, then Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and back to PSV.
For Steve McClaren he notched two countries, finding success at FC Twente, before then moving to Wolfsburg, then after a brief spell at Nottingham Forest he rejoined FC Twente for an ill-fated second time.
The Arsenal manager himself, joined the Gunners after a spell managing in Japan.
“I would encourage more English coaches to go abroad because sometimes, especially when you have managed the national team, the best thing is simply to get out of the country for a while, then come back.
“I believe we had a good example with Bobby Robson who did that – I think it was a clever move and he(Steve McClaren) has done well.”