If Allegri falls through, is it Arteta because Arsenal are really looking for a Coach and not a Manager in new regime?

Two favourites

If we are to believe all the rumours about the race to replace our departing Manager, the club have narrowed it down to Allegri and Arteta.

It would be fair to say that if you were led to believe that Allegri was the frontrunner and ready for a new managerial challenge, which he may well still be, you were probably excited at the prospect. The 50-year-old Italian has led Juventus to multiple honours and has just wrapped up his fourth ‘Serie A’ title in a row. To many he seems exactly the type of strong tactical leader that many felt Arsene Wenger had ceased to be. Add to that he is a worldwide name with a proven record of accomplishment and the Arsenal faithful seem to want that big name. Particularly as all the club’s Premier League rivals currently have managers of that stature and renown.

However, that type of manager tends to want to be in a position to spend heavily in the transfer market, to make the squad their own swiftly and to strengthen areas they have identified as weaker. It is hearsay that the mad move for Max might have hit the buffers, with Arsenal’s owner-imposed self-sufficiency model. If the media are to be believed there is a suggestion that Allegri would expect far more spend this summer then the £50m plus sales revenue that the club have leaked to the same media. This might present more of an issue this summer, when sales will be tricky early doors with the World Cup only a month away.

Not big enough for Max

My suspicion therefore would be that despite an early warm and positive response to Arsenal’s approach, the eagerness may have cooled when faced with the realities of the coinage in the Emirates Piggy Back. Whilst we all know that the Kroenkes could sanction greater budget and doing so may save the deal yet, there had to be a Plan B. Increasingly it appears that the surprise alternative is a man with no Managerial experience in former Club Captain, Mikel Arteta.

On the face of it there seems a marked difference between the two candidates, in stature, experience and let’s face it, ‘brand’. However, in some senses if you take to to think it through it is Allegri that is the odd choice and Arteta the logical one.  Arsenal have spent a season manoeuvring the club into a position not only to relieve Wenger of much of his extensive and unhealthy control and then to ultimately feel able to ask him politely to leave. They did so by making several high level senior appointments of personal to take care of scouting, contracts and the overall running of the football club with Gazidis in all areas barring the running of the first team squad. Wenger was involved in every aspect of running Arsenal from 2007 until this season but by January his role was effectively limited to coaching, setting tactics for and motivating the first team squad.

Would Max Allegri be comfortable with this limited role is a fair question? Perhaps he would but what seems logical in many ways is to employ a first team coach, rather than a manager in the old school sense. This is why I understand the first man approached was Joachim Low at the turn of the year. When this name appeared on a short list, it was met with scepticism, based solely on the basis that the German National team coach had not worked day to day in club management for tear and not with any success. My argument with those I discussed this with was that in the new Arsenal structure his past club experience, or lack of it had no relevance as he would not be involved in anything other than coaching, tactics and motivation, all of which he could undoubtedly do with aplomb.

We all know that Allegri can do tactics, coach and motivate, which is why his appointment would be applauded. The problem is that we do not know whether Arleta can or do we? We do know what the City players thinks of him, what Pep Guardiola thinks of him and that he was a well-respected on pitch organiser at Arsenal. For most, this is not enough and his in experience as a manager concerns them. Again therefore, I come back to the distinction between the previous role of a Manager, in English football and the role in many clubs now, where the role is limited to first team coach, as it has been across Europe commonly for years.

How good a coach is Mikel?

If this is the thought process, then the questions the decision makers are asking each other, other experts and those who know, is just how good is Arleta as a coach, can he improve our players, can he adapt his tactics and can he communicate and if needs be, discipline players not much younger than him. Having spoken to someone, I respect enormously and who through his job works closely with Man City, I have learned that the view of Arteta held by Guardiola and the players in such a short space of time, is also held by the hierarchy at the club. So much that there is already talk of our ex-skipper as being the man to take over from Pep.

In conclusion, I would say, that whilst we are all excited by the possibility of Allegri we should not condemn Arteta as an appointment if that is the alternative route. If the job is first solely that of first team coach, the question really is just is how good a coach Mikel is. Just a few thoughts jotted down really but I guess we will not have to wait too much longer…..

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6 Responses to If Allegri falls through, is it Arteta because Arsenal are really looking for a Coach and not a Manager in new regime?

  1. yosef abera May 15, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Sir alex ferguson is the right choice to replace wenger

  2. chris May 15, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    Spot on. Gazidis … plus the 2 others he has just brought in … wants to dominate. He wants the continental model in which the manager is only the coach. He gets told which players are being bought and sold … and he coaches or manages whoever he is given. They have much more chance of this being agreed by a young manager with nil experience – trying to break through. Less chance of a highly experienced manager fancying that.

  3. Marblehallstv May 15, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    Don’t juve have something similar?

  4. Gooner 1 May 15, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    For arteta’s appointment , what target are you expecting for arsenal in his first year ?
    I think a top 4 finish is a must ,
    Win the Europa league , probably should do with the talent we currently have,
    reach semi/finals/win the Fa cup or league cup
    The above expectations would surely be too much for a man who takes over a top level team for the first time and has management experience of what two years as an assistant.

    I think if we appoint arteta as a name , what we miss is the big name manager that the rest of the top 6 have ,

    1. Pep ( already won everything at two clubs before city)
    2. Mourinho (already won everything at numerous clubs)
    3. Pochettino ( been at spurs and consistently finished in top four for the last two seasons, has a settled team)
    4. Klopp (might win the champions league although difficult , finished in top 4 consistently for the last two seasons and a big name )
    5. Conte (won league title in debut season but probably will be replaced)
    6. Arteta ( never managed or say Coached all by himself at a league 2 team ,, let alone arsenal)

    So in such a scenario , considering arteta as a replacement for wenger is absolutely ridiculous and me as a fan would be gutted.

  5. Victor Thompson May 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    Look at Allegri and I guess that he is one of the continental coaches you describe and yet he gets the credit for Juve`s success and so it is till possible to get a big name for that kind of job. However I agree that he is unlikely to accept the terms that Kroenke will offer.

    If it is true that he is only going to provide £50m then once more we are shopping in Lidl instead of Harrods. In that case, Arteta is a plausible answer.

  6. innocent May 15, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    Allegri his the man to replace arsene.

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