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Arsene Wenger - A Villa Tale

Wenger Decides he needs a new challenge
Started on 6 November 2018 by No1VillaFan
Latest Reply on 13 January 2019 by Griffo

The Wrong Decision!

Commentator That’s it, the final whistle is blown and for Arsenal it is yet another defeat. Arsene Wenger, in the stands must be thinking………… Well I don’t know as it was an awful performance by The Gunners.

A couple of days later

Phone rings

Oh, hello says Wenger

Yes, I feel I have made a huge mistake in not wanting another job. I am ready to manage again.

Long pause as other person talks


I am not too old! says a stern Wenger. I am totally ready so can you find me a club or not?

Wenger spits out his drink

You want me to go and manage in Qatar?? Absolutely not! Who else is there to consider?

Another long pause

OK, I am not sure too sure about Aston Villa. If you remember I had a few choice words to say about Roy Keane and Paul McGrath. Ok then can you get me that job? I think they have a good owner and their youth team is immense!

The call is ended after usual pleasantries and Wenger who is not getting any younger gets his hot chocolate and settles to his nice comfy bed hoping to be working again soon
Following :) the rest
Good to see you return with what will be a hit! Good luck with Villa, although I have a feeling you might waltz through the Championship :P
Thanks for your comments :)

Sky Sports News: Villa need Experienced Manager

Dean Smith has come and gone from Villa in the past couple of weeks and here on Sky Sports we ask, Just who can come in and take over from Villa and take them back to the next level.

There are several potential candidates and some crazy candidates too. There will be ofcourse the likes of Sam Allerdyce, Martin Jol and Slaven Bilic.

Lets go through these candidates and two more at the end.

Bilic is a recently sacked manager. West Ham got rid of him only a couple of seasons after a superb 7th-place finish. The Hammers have never finished higher in the Premier League.
in 2015/16, Bilic became only the 4th manager to record away wins over Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City in the same season. His team was very exciting to watch as they almost finished as the league's highest scorers after finding the net 65 times.
During his six years in charge, Croatia was also a wonderful team to watch and with a bit of more talent, could've easily achieved some success at one of the major tournaments. For example, only a penalty shootout loss to Turkey knocked them out of the EURO 2008 semis.
Bilic won nearly 65% of matches in 2006-2012 with Croatia. He then had a disappointing spell at Lokomotiv Moscow, but bounced back at Besiktas with three consecutive 3rd-place finishes.
The 49-year-old has picked up some great experience from many different leagues and will be an asset for any side ready to give him a chance.
He hasn't yet won anything as a manager, so the desire and will to win should still be there. And what's maybe even more important, is that he'll be eager to prove his doubters wrong after his time at West Ham was brought to a cruel end.

Jol has been unemployed for a while but could move to Villa
Martin Jol has been unemployed since August 2016, after leaving Egyptian club Al-Ahly following their 38th league title. Notably, they had missed out on it the previous year.
As a manager, Jol has also won the Dutch Cup twice. He has a total of 688 games to his name as manager, and he's worked in many different countries. His adaptability looks unquestionable and this means that he could do a good job in any league.
Jol is probably best known for his time in England with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but his most successful spells have been with Ajax, in his home country, and with Hamburg in Germany.
Usually a powerhouse in the Netherlands, Ajax was without a single trophy for a number of years before Jol brought them cup success in 2010. To this day, it's the last local cup win for the famous Amsterdam side.
Under him, Ajax also had a wonderful run in the league, but bizarrely missed out on the title, which went to FC Twente. That with a 1-point edge over Ajax, who won all of their last 14 matches.
Jol's team had the best defensive and offensive record in the league. They scored a whopping 106 goals in 34 matches. Their goal difference +86 has two times better than PSV's, who had the second-best goal difference.
Jol also lead Ajax back to the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time since 2005/06.
His spell in charge of the club didn't last long, though. He resigned in December 2010, a few months after Fulham unsuccessfully tried to hire him as their new manager. To nobody's surprise, he finally made his move to Craven Cottage for the 2011/12 season.
Jol led Fulham to a 9th and 12th place finishes in the Premier League before leaving. His time at the club included wins over the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, and also draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.
On the way to their first ever Premier League title win, City conceded over one goal in a game, just five times. One of these occasions was at the Craven Cottage in a 2-2 draw.
The Dutchman's spell in the Premier League also includes two 5th-place finishes with Tottenham during his only two full seasons in charge of the Spurs. With his know-how of the league, he looks like a very good candidate for Premier League sides on the prowl for a new manager.

Could Allerdyce be moving to Villa?
Sam Allerdyce however despite previously announcing his retirement from his managerial career, on 30 November 2017, Allardyce signed a contract to manage Everton until June 2019, who were thirteenth place in the Premier League table, following a poor start to the 2017–18 season. His first game in charge came two days later, when his side defeated Huddersfield Town in a 2–0 victory. He guided the "Toffees" to a seven-game unbeaten run at the start of his tenure, a spell which included five clean sheets. Having steadied the defence, he stated that his next task was to bring in a consistent goalscorer. Everton ended the season in eighth-position, but fans were dissatisfied with the style of play. Whilst under Allardyce's management, Everton were ranked 20th for total shots, 19th for total shots on target, 16th for passing accuracy and 17th for shots faced in the Premier League. Allardyce left the club on 16 May 2018.

Bento is looking for a new job
Paulo Bento has a mixed reputation as he's been forced to leave a couple of jobs after a string of bad results, but he would be an interesting choice for any midlevel club.
The 48-year-old is currently without a job, after getting sacked by Olympiacos last March. Mind you, it happened in bizarre circumstances, as the team was holding the top spot in Greece with a nearly 10-point edge over the rest of the back and had qualified for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League.
Bento is probably best known for his work at Sporting Lisbon. He brought the team two Portuguese Cups and two Super Cups, also leading them to the League Cup final a couple of times. In terms of trophies won, the former defensive midfielder is the second most successful manager in club history.
After his good job at Sporting, Bento was appointed Portugal manager after Carlos Queiroz was sacked following a poor start to the EURO 2012 qualifiers. The team won eight of the first 10 games played under Bento, including a 4-0 hammering of the then world champions, Spain.
He got the nation to the Euros via playoffs, and the team had a very successful run there, only stopped by Spain in the semi-finals in a penalty shootout.
Bento's reign with Portugal ended after a poor start to the 2016 EURO qualifiers. After that, he had a brief spell with Cruzeiro in Brazil before taking over at Olympiacos.
Bento has won 59.33% of matches as manager. Over 327 matches, his team has scored 154 more goals than the opponents. He looks like a solid appointment, although there could be some difficulties coming up after the honeymoon period is over.

Blanc led Bordeaux to the title
You could say Laurent Blanc has been very lucky in his managerial career, getting the chance to manage top teams like France and PSG. However, his spell with Bordeaux tends to be forgotten.
Blanc led Bordeaux to a 2nd-place finish in his debut season and a league title a year later in 2009. During the season, his team posted a new league record with 11 consecutive wins.
In 2009/10, Blanc's Bordeaux was drawn in the same Champions League group as Bayern and Juventus. They surprisingly ended up with an unbeaten record, just two points off the maximum 18. The European season ended with a quarter-finals loss to Lyon.
At PSG, Blanc, of course, won basically everything there is to win domestically with three league titles, two cups and also three league cups in three years. He was let go because the team failed to get over the hump in Europe.
PSG crashed out at the quarter-finals stage in each of Blanc's seasons in charge. However, they didn't even make it that far last season, after he left, so maybe they actually shouldn't have gotten rid of him.
Blanc reportedly received a compensation of €22 million following his dismissal, which I guess currently allows him to enjoy all the best life has to offer, but he should be back on the saddle, sooner, rather than later, and it will be fascinating to see if he can replicate the success he's enjoyed so far.

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Arsene Wenger drew curtains on his 22 years long spell as manager of Arsenal.
Wenger’s legacy at Arsenal, in the Premier League and even in the history of the game is unparalleled. He managed Arsenal in 1235 games and his 707 wins gave him a win percentage of 57.2.
The 68-year-old won 17 titles in his 22 years at Arsenal. He won three league titles, a record seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields as Arsenal manager but the UEFA Champions League eluded him.
In the history of the FA Cup, only four teams have won more trophies than Arsene. However, his biggest achievement at Arsenal was winning the Premier League unbeaten in 2003/04. His team from 03/04 were nicknamed ‘the invincibles’ and they are often talked about but has never been replicated.
Wenger also oversaw the construction of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and during a period of severe financial crunch, he managed to secure a minimum of Champions League qualification for 20 successive seasons.
He’s taking a deserved break from management but he’s not out of the game yet. If a proposal that interests him comes up, then he will be raring to get back on the touchline.
Good luck with this one! Hope it turns even better than your best story! ;)
Whoever could the next manager be? ;)
2018-11-07 20:31#252089 ScottT : Whoever could the next manager be? ;)
It is a mystery :O
Going to be a massive job to turn Villa back into the side they should be!
2018-11-07 23:52#252100 Justice :
2018-11-07 20:31#252089 ScottT : Whoever could the next manager be? ;)
It is a mystery :O
Scratching my head at this one!
Looking forward to this one !
Thank you all for your comments

Wenger Takes Villa Hotseat

Simon Thomas - Sky Sports News Reporter: Let me set the scene here in what is probably one of the most expected managerial appointments in recent times. The truth is this almost never happened because Arsene Wenger turned up to his interview late due to traffic and was rumoured to be waiting on news from other clubs first. This however is a rumour that Wenger himself and his team vigorously deny. Also it is understood there was 15 interviews held for the Villa job with the original offer going to Paulo Bento.

Paulo Bento turned down the job offer
The former Olympiakos manager was sacked despite Olympiakos being top of the Greek Superleague and also had just qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League. It is understood he turned down the job as his family did not want to reside in England with Brexit on the horizon.
Sam Allerdyce was also interviewed for the job but apparently he turned down the job too citing differences in the way the Villa board wanted the team to play. It is well known that Allerdyce likes a defensive mindset but Villa want to entertain fans so Big Sam decided against the job.

Aston Villa therefore decided to hire a manager who will always promote youth and if Wenger sticks to this rhetoric then there will be likes of Ruslan Hepburn-Murphy and Lewis Kinsella could well get a chance to prove themselves in a youthful looking Villa squad. We got a statement off Arsene Wenger earlier

I am honoured and really looking forward to building something special at Villa over my 3 year contract. I will attempt to entertain fans and provide them with fast free flowing football. Some people claim I have took a risk in dropping down to the Championship but that is most certainly not the case and our aim this season is to get promoted.

Could Grealish be on way out of Villa?
Aston Villa have a great squad and youth team. We have players like Tammy (Abraham) on loan also and with Jonathon (Kodjia) we have a potent attack. I will give all players a chance to prove themselves and that means bringing players such as Micah (Richards) and Glenn (Whelen) back in from the dark. I will attempt to be prudent in the transfer market and will not rule out selling to be able to buy players. I hope to get Aston Villa back where they truly belong.

Sky Sports News Reporter: That was a statement earlier by the new Villa manager Arsene Wenger. It was interesting when he said he might sell players to be able to buy players. Does that mean Jack Grealish might be going out of the club? Or is Wenger looking at a player like Jonathon Kodjia or Bakir Bjansson and thinking he could generate a bit of money to go into the transfer market? And who is Wenger looking at to improve the team, I suspect he might go to Arsenal for some loan options. This Simon Thomas for Sky sports news.

Wenger Assessing Options and Bid for Grealish in

Arsene Wenger has only been in the job for 3 days and already Mile Jedinek has been took off the transfer list, Alan Hutton and Harry McKirdy have been offered new contracts and Wenger has made two loan offers. One loan offer has reportedly been put in for Ademola Lookman from Everton and Oxenadr Zinchenko from Man City.

Hutton signs new contract
Lets start with Hutton because for a player who has spent six years at Villa and looked out of the door on several occasions has just signed a 3 year £30,000 a week deal which will keep him at Villa park until he is 36 years old and the Villa fans love Hutton because he never gives up and with Wenger wanting players with high work rates the rumour is that he will be given the captains armband this season as John Terry (assistant manager) continues to be impressed with the old timer. Hutton said he would stay at Villa Park until the club do not want him hinting he would even stay on in a coaching role when his playing career finishes.

Youngster McKirdy signs new long term deal with Villa
Harry McKirdy on the other hand is an attacking midfielder that Wenger has heard good things about. Villa have tied him down to a 5 year contract worth £4,500 a week and it is thought Villa will utilise McKirdy in the Carabao Cup in the upcoming season.

Wenger looks to Loan Market

Arsene Wenger has moved quickly in the loan market placing loan offers for Ademola Lookman from Everton. The 20 year old who spent last season on loan to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, where he played an important role in getting European qualification would look a perfect fit for Villa and Wenger as he never gives up and covers a lot of ground in 90 minutes.

Can Villa get in talented Lookman?
Wenger acknowledged that a left back was also priority as Neil Taylor was the only recognised left back in the Villa squad. This meant that Wenger put in a loan bid for Zinchenko from Man City. Zinchenko has premier league experience and has also been on loan at PSV. Zinchecnko would push Taylor all the way for a starting spot and again his work rate is particularly impressive and would suit Wenger.

Zinchenko will provide competition at left back

Grealish Bid

Tottenham Hotspur have bid £35,000,000 for Jack Grealish. It is not known if Villa will sell yet but it would provide great money for transfers for the incoming manager Wenger. Last season Spurs bid £25m but this was rejected and if Villa reject this bid it would show a desire to keep the best players at the club. It is rumoured however that Wenger has no money to spend at all and this would provide the wily old fox to go out and spend creatively like he always did at Arsenal. Only time will tell.

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