Wenger’s name ‘lurking’ at the FA, says Brooking

Date published: Sunday 9th October 2016 12:32

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Arsene Wenger’s name has been “lurking” at the Football Association for a long while, according to Trevor Brooking.

Brooking, a former Football Association director of football development, has revealed that Wenger was considered was for the England job on more than one occasion

Arsenal boss Wenger, who recently celebrated 20 years with the Gunners, will see his contract expire next summer, and he has also been linked to the current vacant role.

Gareth Southgate is in interim charge of the Three Lions and he is the bookies’ favourite to get the job full time, but Wenger is second favourite and he recently flirted with the idea of succeeding Sam Allardyce.

“Arsene’s been lurking for about a decade. When I was at the FA he came up once or twice in discussion,” Brooking told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

“At the stage the FA are, with St George’s Park and everything, it cries out to stay English now.

“Gareth, with that experience, is the person that could take that on.

“Arsene is a great foreign option. I wouldn’t do it now, even though a few years ago I’d have certainly considered it.”

Brooking, who was the man who brought former England player Southgate to the national governing body,  believes he should be given the opportunity to manage England for the next four years, not just four games.

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The 46-year-old Southgate won his first match in charge against Malta on Saturday and is in interim charge of 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Scotland.

A friendly with Spain on November 15 is slated to be Southgate’s final match, but Brooking says the FA’s search for a successor to Allardyce should look no further than their own Under-21 coach.

“I think he should get the job. In the next three games hopefully he does enough,” added Brooking.

“I am confident that then he’ll get the two years taking us up to the World Cup.

“And with the players coming through – because there are some younger ones, it’s about the timing of when he brings them in – I think then he could kick on for another two years as well.”

Southgate declined the opportunity to be caretaker boss after Roy Hodgson’s departure post Euro 2016 before Allardyce was appointed.


Brooking says the interpretation that Southgate felt he was not ready was wrong.

Brooking added: “They asked him to take the job for one game. With the greatest respect, having been there for four years, if I was Gareth I would’ve said ‘well, no thanks – you either give me a proper chance or not’.

“And he said no, people thought he didn’t think he was ready. That’s nothing to do with it.

“What he wanted was a better chance, which he’s now got.”

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