FA set to approach Arsene Wenger again about England manager's job but face battle with ArsenalPublished September 28, 2016
Arsenal fans, be careful what you wish for.
According to reports coming out of the British press on Wednesday, the FA will make another big attempt to convince Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to become the England manager at the end of the Premier League season, following Sam Allardyce’s departure on Tuesday.
The Telegraph, claims that the 66-year-old Frenchman, was the FA’s number one target for the job, after Euro 2016, but Wenger made it clear he would break the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
Whilst at the time, the FA did not feel they could wait an entire season for Wenger to see out the remainder of his Arsenal contract, given the embarrassing events of the last 36 hours, they are willing to wait until the end of the season and appoint Wenger, in a bid to finally get things right.
Whilst Wenger, has been open to the idea of managing the England side in the past, the report claims that the FA face a battle with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, who was in England last weekend and still hopes to agree a contract extension with the Arsenal boss before the end of the season.
An extension to his current deal is believed to have been on the table for some time, but Wenger has resisted signing it as he wanted to gauge how his team started the season and the reaction of the club’s fans.
Asked in July whether he is interested in the England job, Wenger said: “Could I manage England? Why not? I would never rule that out, but I am happy and focussed in club football.
“England is my second country. I was absolutely on my knees when England went out against Iceland. I couldn’t believe it.”
We at Free Bets, will be keeping a close eye on this developing story.
I'm curious to see the reaction of the Wenger Out Brigade if the FA come looking for Arsène for the England job. They've been quiet lately!— Kildare Gunner (@KildareGunner) September 28, 2016