by Tony Attwood
A comment in response to an earlier article really got me thinking. It read…
“Let arteta be trusted to do the job,like they say Rome was not built in a day.Klopp was given time at Liverpool and allowed to build a team on his principles, this has worked:If he had been told to win the Premier league on his first season he would not have managed and he would be long gone .We have to accept that Arteta found a team which was on decline following almost a decade of mismanagement and thus he needs Time to sort the mess.”
Let’s start with Klopp
On 8 October 2015, Klopp agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager.
In the two seasons before he arrived Liverpool had come 2nd and 6th in the League. In his first season Liverpool slipped to 8th and were runners up in the League Cup and Europa cup. The next two seasons they were fourth with a runners’ up place in the champions league, then a runners’ up slot in the premier and winning the champions league.
Here it is as a chart…
|Season||Liverpool League||Liverpool other||Arsenal league||Arsenal other|
|2013/14||2nd||4th||FA Cup winners|
|2014/15||6th||3rd||FA Cup winners|
|2015/16||8th (Klopp)||Runners up league cup and Europa League||2nd (Wenger)|
|2016/17||4th (Klopp)||5th (Wenger)||FA Cup winners|
|2017/18||4th (Klopp)||Runners Up champions league||6th (Wenger)||Runners up league cup|
|2018/19||2nd (Klopp)||Winners champions League||5th (Emery)||Europa League runners up|
|2019/20||1st (Klopp)||8th (Emery/ Arteta)||FA Cup winners|
So Liverpool sacked their manager one season after coming runners’ up. Arsenal waited two seasons. But waited probably because while Liverpool were achieving nothing with the main cups, Arsene Wenger was winning the FA Cup for a record time for the club.
Emery in his first season – his only full season – took us to 5th in the League and runners up in the Europa. Klopp in his first season took Liverpool to 8th and runners up in the Europa League. The difference was that half way through the next season Arsenal sacked Emery, while Liverpool kept faith with their manager.
Now Klopp in his second season had an advantage – there was no European football, so he could experiment with his team in the league, and as a result managed to gain the “fourth is not a trophy” slot, as it was called at Arsenal by many supporters.
We can look at this another way as well. Klopp was given four years to win his first trophy. Emery was given 18 months and Wenger was pushed out having won three trophies in his last five years.
What happened with Liverpool was Klopp was given three seasons without winning anything, whereas what Arsenal did was got rid of Emery when the club were 8th, one point off 5th.
Klopp was given three years – but Emery 18 months, and that seems to me the problem. With the media and some fans giving Wenger a hard time despite the FA Cup wins Wenger was moved on one year before his contract ended – thus wasting the club £17m that could have been spent on players.
On 29 November last year when Mr Emery was sacked Arsenal were 8th with 18 points from 13 games. 1.38 points per game.
Today, one year on, Arsenal are 12th with 13 points from nine games. 1.44 points per game.
So the club has gone through the sacking of the manager with all the costs that must have accrued in terms of contract ending for Emery and his assistants in order to get an increase of 0.06 points per game.
And the danger is that the owners of the club, having given in to crowd and media pressure to get rid of Mr Wenger one year early, despite the huge costs to the club, and then doing it again last season, will feel the pressure now, and if things don’t improve dramatically, they repeat their errors. Largely because that is what lots of club owners do. They bow to media and fan pressure.
But let’s come back to the allegation seen on this site of “a decade of mismanagement”. I’ve only done seven years but in that seven years we have won the FA Cup four times, and have had two other finals. We have finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th (twice), 6th and 8th. Mr Arteta has a contract until 2023, but given the way the owners of Arsenal behave, if he doesn’t up that win rate soon, the calls for his replacement will be ever louder, and once more the owners will bow down to the shouting.
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