Arsène Wenger says he could consider managing the England national team when he can no longer handle the daily exertions of club management.
The two big questions about Wenger’s future surround when he plans to leave the Gunners, and what he’ll do next.
We’re still no closer to knowing the answer to the first, as his latest two-year contract extension is no guarantee that he’ll move on in 2019, but he’s now given us a hint that he might think about international management afterwards.
When asked by beIn Sports via Goal about the possibility of managing the national side, Wenger responded: “Maybe, yes, I will do it at some stage but until now I like to be involved every day, in the life of the club because the real test is there.
“Four or five weeks, it’s a different experience, it’s more concentrated. But I believe the real experience to manage a team is on a daily basis but I will not always have the physical strength to do that so maybe I will move into that.
Then, when asked whether the job interested him, he answered: “Yes of course. I haven’t decided that, it is just a fact that my life is linked with football, it will be linked with my physical state but until the end of my life I will be in football.”
“I don’t know in what kind of position, as a director, as a manager. For as long as possible as a manager but one day that will stop. I will stay in football of course.”
After 21 years managing Arsenal, it’s hard to picture Wenger lining up with the England team. We have seen him on the sidelines at Wembley enough times, but perhaps one day he will be in charge of the Three Lions.
Some fans, however, might be more interested in the possibility of Wenger becoming a director. Perhaps he could end up following in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps, moving behind the scenes at Arsenal. Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.
On one hand, you retain the knowledge and experience of being Arsenal’s longest serving manager. Although there’s also a sense that you haven’t fully handed over the reigns to the new boss.
We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out if Wenger does decide to stick around in North London after management.