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Arsene Wenger linked with Newcastle United as a potential Rafa replacement – Dubious

3 years ago

An interesting/strange report on Saturday, linking Arsene Wenger with Newcastle United.

An agent is said to have approached Newcastle to find out whether they would be interested in Arsene Wenger as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.

The agent allegedly quizzing them on what the ‘budget and philosophy’ of the club is going to be moving forward.

The report (see below) adding that this agent’s intention would be to then sell the package/idea to the former Arsenal manager.

This latest media story follows on from previous claims that Mike Ashley has engaged agents to identify potential replacements, if/when Rafa Benitez leaves this summer.

Two (or three) questions instantly spring to mind…

Firstly, if Rafa Benitez isn’t satisfied there is the necessary ambition at Newcastle United, why on earth would Arsene Wenger be interested?

Secondly, there would be a lengthy queue of clubs interested if Wenger was up for another job, so why Newcastle ahead of them?

Thirdly, set to turn 70 in October, why would he decide that working at Newcastle under Mike Ashley would be the kind of hassle he’d invite at this stage of his life?

All of those questions are of course linked and revolve around Mike Ashley and why any decent manager would choose now to work under him, unless he is going to radically change the way in which he runs the club.

It was actually after losing at St James Park 13 months ago that Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving the Emirates at the end of the season, then ahead of his final ever home game in May, the then Arsenal boss stated his ‘philosophy’ about what a club should be all about…

“Don’t be scared to be ambitious.

“It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail.

“For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

Exactly how that would come within a million miles of Mike Ashley’s approach is anybody’s guess.

The Chronicle report:

‘…over the last fortnight an agent with strong links to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been trying to establish whether the club would be interested in talking to the ex-Gunners boss, believing that he could sell the move to the man himself.

The fixer is looking for ideas of a budget and philosophy from Newcastle – although it’s worth stressing that Wenger himself is not involved at this stage.

To head off accusations of a PR war, it’s worth stressing this link has not come from the Newcastle end or indeed anyone linked or in the employment of the club.’

The Mag – 6 May 2018:

Arsene Wenger:

“We (Arsenal) want to be the club who gives a chance to somebody who deserves it, to somebody who has a dream and is ready to fight for his dream.

“That is initially the most dignified target the club can have.

“Is to influence people’s life and to give them the chance to be successful and give them the chance to transform that dream into reality.“Don’t be scared to be ambitious.

“It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail.

“For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

Arsene Wenger also said this in his programme notes for today’s final ever home game:

“What I will miss most about this job is the competition itself.

“The collective feeling, the sharing of emotions with people you work with on a daily basis.

“The desire to feel something together and the target you always have in front of you.

“I will miss the intensity of it all, because that’s all I have known in my life.”


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