There is one limitation for the human beings that will probably never be exceeded – time. Arsene Wenger is 67 and there are very few managers in the top European clubs around that age group. Carlo Ancelotti is 56, Jose Mourinho is 53, Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Diego Pablo Simeone are 46 each, Laurent Blanc is 51. It’s a question of time when Mr Wenger will call it a day. His current contract expires in 2017.
1.Who would want to come to Arsenal in this toxic atmosphere?
It’s difficult to say whether Roberto Martinez can be called a successful manager. He has overseen Swansea promotion to Championship but lost the play-off against Blackpool; he has won the only trophy in the history of Wigan three days before being relegated to Championship; he has turned Everton from a difficult to break and even more difficult to watch into an attractive team where young talents develop into excellent players (John Stones, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu) but he has been struggling to find consistency.
Everton fans haven’t been happy and it seems to me that there is some toxic atmosphere at Goodison Park as well. What else could be the reason for such discrepancy between Everton’s home record W4 D4 L9 and their away record (W5 D8 L2) this season? Oh, and remember how some Arsenal “fans” want Arsenal to lose because they think it will end Wenger’s reign? Well Everton “fans” have been taking notes.
Roberto Mancini knows Premier League very well. He also knows a few things about toxic atmosphere as he received death threats after sales of Manuel Rui Costa and Francesco Toldo while working at Fiorentina. Galatasaray “fans” had brought banners to the stadium calling for Mancini’s sacking a few months before his departure.
All four managers have experience with the English media. They all know or should know by now that if you write down a recipe for a mushroom cream soup written by the English media, it’s very likely you will end up eating a tasteless mushroom pie.
4.Will the new man be subjected to the last match being everything analysis?
5.Whoever comes in will be incredibly lucky having Awobi, Bellerin, Coquelin, Elneny, coming up. But apparently this is a side without leaders. Where will he find them immediately?
6.There was a call for attacking reinforcements which (again according to the Telegraph) should have been bought in January. But where to do you find them?
I decided to merge these three questions as I think their answers are connected.
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