by Tony Attwood
So just as the media and negative fans won with their campaign to get out Mr Wenger, which resulted in a decline in the club’s form, so now they have done it again. “Who runs the club?” we might ask – well mostly the media it seems.
Will Freddie steady the ship and bring us an improvement in results? Quite possibly yes because interim managers often do, as the players give their all and then some, in order to ensure they don’t just get thrown out on the scrap heap among all the changes.
Will Freddie or the new manager be the one who takes over in the long term? – maybe but that is not the key question. Will the new long term manager be one of the 20% who takes on a Premier League club and takes them up the table, or will he be one of the 80% who oversees a further decline? The statistics show that the chances are the latter.
Not least because it is clear for the second time in a year and a half that it is the media and negative fans who pull the strings. Those of us who remain loyal to the club, who think booing and holding up placards is wrong; and those of us who can read statistics and know that changing the manager works one time in five, we are effectively disenfranchised.
The list of Arsenal managers who have failed since Tom Whittaker is horribly long – but hey who cares that it doesn’t work, let’s do it again and again and again – because it works one time in five.
||24 October 1956||19 May 1958||81||41.98%|
||21 June 1958||1 May 1962||186||40.86%|
||1 May 1962||13 June 1966||182||38.46%|
||20 June 1966||4 May 1976||539||44.71%||1 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 Inter Cities Fairs|
||9 July 1976||16 December 1983||416||44.95%||1 FA Cup|
||16 December 1983||22 March 1986||117||46.15%|
||23 March 1986||14 May 1986||11||27.27%|
||14 May 1986||21 February 1995||460||48.91%||2 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 1 Cup Winners Cup|
||21 February 1995||15 June 1995||19||36.84%|
||15 June 1995||12 August 1996||47||46.81%|
||12 August 1996||13 September 1996||6||33.33%|
||13 September 1996||30 September 1996||4||75.00%|
||1 October 1996||13 May 2018||1,235||57.25%||3 League, 7 FA Cup|
||23 May 2018||29 November 2019||78||55.13%|
Mr Emery had the second highest win rate – second only to Mr Wenger. And of course it is not always a question of going through three duds to get a winner. After George Graham we had one long term dud (Rioch) before the greatest of them all.
Josh Kroenke said, “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”