According to former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, the era of long managerial reigns will surely come to a permanent end when a legend like Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal.
The 66-year-old Frenchman has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996, while Sir Alex Ferguson part away with Manchester United in 2013 having led them for 27 long years.
Ancelotti thinks Arsenal and United’s long-term approach is different to that of most of the European teams but still expects Wenger’s tenure will be the last mammoth managerial tenure in football history.
He told in an interview with The Independent: “Maybe clubs like Arsenal or Manchester United have different ideas and are not just focused on the result – they are focused on other things, such as their project.
“Other teams such as Real Madrid want to be at the top all the time. PSG, when I moved there, wanted to grow. All clubs have their own projects and philosophies.
“When Wenger decides to finish at Arsenal, I do not think we will ever see a manager stay at the club for so long again.
“He and Ferguson are different, and to find managers like that – legends – is impossible. But I hope for our job as managers, you can still find clubs whose focus is not always only on the result.
“I think that Manchester United are focused on different things, Arsenal the same. Arsenal did not win [trophies] for many years, but they grew.” The Italian insisted.
“They built a new stadium and Wenger did a fantastic job during that time in this sense. It is not all about the results, there are other things, and this is the right way.”
Carlo Ancelotti also believes Arsenal’s predicament in the Champions League this season could become their advantage domestically. However, he still believes both Arsenal and Manchester United can make it to the knockout stages, also predicted Wenger’s men will have a better chance to win the Premier League this season if they are out of Champions League.
Ancelotti, the three-times Champions League winner has been out of work after Real Madrid sacked him in May as he failed to give a major trophy last season. The Italian now insists he will take his time to decide about the next stop and ruled out any possibility of taking charge of a team in the middle of the season.
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