Wenger: ‘It’s better for England job to go to an Englishman’

Date published: Friday 7th October 2016 2:25

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Arsene Wenger believes it would be preferable for England to have an English manager, but the Arsenal boss stopped short of ruling himself out of the job.

The Frenchman has been linked with the position following Sam Allardyce’s sacking last month, with Gareth Southgate placed in temporary charge for four games.

The Arsenal boss, who has celebrated his 20th anniversary at the club, has a contract at the Emirates until the end of the season but it remains uncertain whether the 66-year-old will recommit to the Gunners.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn believes Wenger would “fit the criteria perfectly”, but the Strasbourg-born coach believes he lacks one very important credential.

When asked by beIN Sports whether the England boss should be English, Wenger said: “It’s very important.

“I’ve always said that England has a huge football passion and if tomorrow you have a game with France then it would be difficult [for me] not to sing the national anthem.

“It’s logical. I thought they’d say I’m half English after being here for 20 years! It’s better to have an Englishman.

“It would be difficult to manage another English club team. The national team is different. But my first priority has always been Arsenal.”

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Wenger admits also gave his thoughts on the exits of Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce, while saying the FA have not yet been in touch.

“There has been no contact,” he said. “There is nothing really to add. Personally I want England to do well.

“I think Roy Hodgson was unlucky and Sam Allardyce, by his own admission, said he made a mistake.

“It was untenable because if he stayed in charge then at every press conference the subject would’ve come up again.

“During the tournaments the pressure on the national team is massive and sometimes that makes it very difficult.”


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