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May
13

Top 5 Names Who Could Replace Wenger In The Summer

Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumours of his departure to PSG this summer, but with his contract nearing its completion next summer I thought I would like to take the opportunity to recommend some names that the Arsenal Board should consider when the time comes. Wenger’s supporters are always saying that no-one can replace him, well I would have to disagree. With his tactics and team selections rightfully under scrutiny with every game you would have to think it is about time that his successor was at least scouted.

5. Carlo Ancelotti

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Nice, on April 21, 2013 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris

Ancellotti who is still under contract with PSG but it is widely reported that they are unhappy with his managerial style and could be shown the door in the summer. He is a very well decorated and respected manager who has one various honours over an illustrious career.  He has two league titles, two champions leagues and a World cup to his name and would surely add a new vision and new found stability at the club if he was to be given the opportunity.

4. Frank De Boer & Dennis Bergkamp

The two former Ajax players who have both had very fruitful playing careers have turned their attentions to the managerial realm and have started very impressively and appear to work very well as a team. They have implemented a very watchable playing style and have continued the good tradition that has been at Ajax for decades. Their partnership has seen Ajax regain somewhat of a stranglehold back on the Eredivisie winning two league titles since the 2010 2011 season. Recent history has shown managerial partnerships don’t have a great track record but I can see this one working very well. They both seem to share the same vision in every aspect, I would be lying to you if it would’t be a little bit romantic seeing Bergkamp back at the club in any capacity.

3. Manuel Pellegrini

  Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Malaga at Signal Iduna Park on April 9, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany

The Chilean born manager who currently manages the impressive Malaga side from La Liga, he appears to be very sought after for next season, being linked with PSG, Man City and Chelsea in recent weeks and would do a great job for any club that wishes to take him. He is known for his tactical nouse  and also adopting an attractive style of play which you would imagine will be very high on the Arsenal Board’s   criteria. He is known for integrating young players within the first team which would be an encouraging sign for the board as there have been many promising young talent leaving the Emirates in recent months to many fans dismay.

2. Joachim Low

German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew gestures during the friendly football match Netherlands vs Germany on November 14, 2012 in Amsterdam

Low who has a very impressive track record within the Bundesliga and being the Authoritarian in charge of the German National team. He encourages a style which you could compare to total football adopted by the Netherlands in the seventies. He is very strong willed and has a distinctive vision on how his team set about their business. Like the aforementioned Pelligrini he encourages the use of young talent and home grown players within his squads. He would be my realistic choice for Wenger’s predecessor. He has managed the National team since 2006 and has masterminded the resurgence of German International football and has a lot to offer a club like Arsenal.

1. Juergen Klopp

Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp smiles during a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 29, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund

Klopp has only been in management since 2001 when after retiring from his playing career in the same year took charge of Mainz 05 and was there til 2008. He was then given his big chance at Borussia Dortmund, at the time Dortmund had huge money problems and sold off nearly all of their assets to various clubs around Europe. It was a process that took a while to get going. Klopp has given himself a name for using young talent. I would have to say Klopp is the real “special one”. He has masterminded Dortmund’s resurgence with little money and a lot of academy players. he has a good eye for a player as well. Mats Hummels was bought for £4 million from Bayern Munich, not many if any knew much about Robert Lewandowski until last season he was bought from Lech Poznan for a bargain at just over £4 million. Klopp would be the perfect fit for Arsenal. He would also sort out the soft centre in the back four once and for all. Although he has re-iterated that he is not interested in a move to the Premier league yet but you would like to think that he would be offered somewhere near to what Wenger receives for his services.

I feel that everyone of these managers would be an improvement for the club, they all have a proven track record at the highest level and would no doubt give Arsenal a bright future, something that under Arsene Wenger’s management looks a long way away.

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