6 responses

  1. steww
    25/08/2009

    Great minds think alike Simon. I too popped it on the other day and I must say I enjoyed it. Clough is the only non Arsenal man I ever truly admired. I detested the way the press dared to laud Mourinho’s childish attempts to impersonate him.
    Also, you don’t get many partnerships in management any more like the Clough/Taylor axis. At least I struggle to think of any…

  2. Marc
    25/08/2009

    England do not deserve Wenger. The bunch of thug’s and morons who comprise the majority of the England squad would not understand his genius.

  3. locomotif
    25/08/2009

    I have lost 35kg since I knew Wenger.

  4. Faron
    26/08/2009

    Marc. Thats very harsh. England have got some great players And Wenger would have these “thugs and Morons” in the Arsenal Squad but we cant afford them.

  5. Flint McCullough
    26/08/2009

    Interesting piece Simon.

    Even though the time gap is not that great, it is like comparing players from different eras- impossible.

    Brian Clough’s methods worked with a certain type of player but I doubt that those would be successful with the multi millionaire footballers of today from all backgrounds, that they now come from.

    Clough was a man of his time, Forest & Derby, before them, played great, not over physical football, so he deserves much credit. It is my view that it would not have worked for him as an England manager but perhaps they should have found out.

    Football has changed totally in the last 10-15 years & we are very fortunate to have one of its greatest ever thinkers in Arsene Wenger. It should be said begrudgedly that Alex Ferguson has had to adapt to the great changes in football & deserves much credit for being able to do so.

    “Wenger is obviously the best manager Arsenal have ever had – better even than the fabled and lauded Herbert Chapman”

    That is rather presumptive to say the least. Herbert Chapman was an absolute pioneer & again it is impossible to compare different eras.

  6. Kwame
    26/08/2009

    How many England playa Wenger know any english players? beyond the ones in his club? Wenger would probably want to taking the train to all internantonal matches cause it much much cheap that way, which is smart because then you have extra time to talk to the players and tell them what to do and how to win.

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