Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United should have provided David Moyes with a bit more time.
As the managerial merry go round continued with David Moyes’ dismissal at Manchester United, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted that clubs must provide the managers with more time to do their job. Moyes, who had the tough job of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, struggled to get the right results this season and faced a lot of criticism from fans and experts alike.
Manchester United were knocked out of all the cup competitions and currently they are struggling at seventh in the league table. Missing out on Champions League football next season was a big blow for a club of United’s stature and people questioned his credentials to manage at Old Trafford despite signing a long term contract at the start of this season. The shambolic defeat against his former club Everton proved to be the final nail in the coffin and David Moyes was replaced by Ryan Giggs at the helm of the club.
David Moyes became the 10th manager to be sacked in top-flight of England this season and Arsene Wenger has reacted to this saying this trend is a cause for concern.
“I’m sad that he [Moyes] wasn’t given time and I wish him well. I think it’s just part of what the modern game is now. There is no time available for people to do their job and that is a big threat for our game.
“What I mean by that is that if you want quality people in any job, you need to give them time to develop and to become good, or people with the quality will not come into our job anymore.
“The average [job life] expectancy of an English professional club [manager] at the moment is 11 months, and that is quite unstable. Every guy who is married, has a family, will have a big hesitancy before he goes into that game.
“That means the quality of the coaching and the quality of the managing is under threat, because it will not attract quality people anymore.
“It’s the first time since I have been in England that [10 Premier League managers have lost their job in one season], and the trend is that rotation will become quicker and quicker.
“You know, if you get to a point where you sack your manager with every defeat, the guy who comes in will lose games as well. So that trend will become quicker and quicker. We are living in a society now where it is every time quick, the quick intelligence is dominating the slow intelligence. That means every time after the game it is quick sanction, quick judgment, and there is no distance anymore with the event.” – The Arsenal manager said.
The Frenchman, who himself has come under a lot of criticism from fans this season, insists that clubs must not succumb to external pressure.
“The solution is that the clubs internally will need to be much stronger than before, to resist that immediate pressure.
“The strengths, the belief, the vision inside the clubs, will be tested much more than before. And the strengths needed inside the clubs will need to be much better.” – Wenger added.