Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is reportedly being targeted for the vacant manager’s job at Reading.
The Royals are in the Championship but, according to the Mirror, want a big name manager to take over and have Bergkamp on their shortlist.
Former Arsenal and Netherlands striker Bergkamp is one of the finest footballers to ever play in England, and is currently assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax. He’s had success there, but is he really ready (or willing) to become a manager?
The Mirror say he is keen to become a manager eventually, but that goes against what Bergkamp himself said back in 2013:
“I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here (at Ajax) for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.”
So, has something changed since then? Maybe, and if it has then it’s surely only a matter of time until he is linked with a role at Arsenal.
At the same time he said he isn’t looking at becoming a manager, the Dutchman spoke about his love for Arsenal and a desire to return to the club one day.
“At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.”
Bergkamp back at Arsenal. Now that sounds dreamy. As for the links with Reading, obviously we can’t rule them out but it seems unlikely for Dennis to accept such a role.