Roberto Mancini reportedly has his eyes on Arsene Wenger’s job.
According to Italian football journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Mancini is already thinking about his future and is obsessed by the idea of taking over at Arsenal next summer.
Wenger has entered the final 12 months of his Gunners contract and admitted in May he will delay a decision on his future until the end of the season.
And the Frenchman has revealed his worries about calling it a day from football management.
“It’s been my life and, honestly, I’m quite scared of the day,” he said in a new book, Game Changers, by former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley, serialised in the Daily Telegraph.
“The longer I wait the more difficult it will be and the more difficult it will be to lose the addiction.”
Wenger took over at Arsenal in October 1996 and is coming up to his 20th anniversary at the club.
Despite failing badly in his transfer dealings, Wenger hasn’t yet mended his ways and continues to make mistakes. To make matters worse, he hasn’t yet adapted to the new environment.
His reluctance to pay over-the-top money has affected Arsenal as the rumoured targets move to their rivals and haunt Arsenal.
Transfers are not the only issue here. His reluctance to adapt to new tactics, failure to make changes to the dynamics of the team during the games has surely taken a toll on Arsenal.
His insistence on sticking to plans and the absence of contingency plans is affecting his players and team.
Premier League has been home to a lot of great managers and Arsene Wenger has been one of them. But it’s time that Arsenal bade farewell to their long-standing manager.
Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool have altered with different managers and could quite be the reason for their progress. A frequent change of managers (like Chelsea) might create instability within the squad, but competition is one source of success.
With Premier League now equipped with great managers and great players, a top four finish now is a difficult job. A revamp is necessary either with Wenger or without him.