Sir Alex Ferguson: Why Arsenal have stuck by Arsene Wenger
Sir Alex Ferguson says there are not many managers who could replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Arsenal have stuck by Arsene Wenger because there are very few managers who could replace him.
The Gunners boss has been in charge of the north London club since 1996 and is currently the longest-standing manager in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has found himself under pressure plenty of times during his long tenure in charge at Emirates Stadium, but the Arsenal board have consistently issued their backing for the former Monaco boss.
Former Manchester United manager Ferguson believes that long-term managerial stability is they key to success in modern football and is confident that Wenger remains the man for the job at Arsenal.
Ferguson told ESPN: “It’s just like me if I hadn’t progressed the club after the ’94 team or the ’99 team I would maybe having the same problems as Arsene, but he’s stayed with his conviction, he’s stayed with what he believes in.
“When all the pressure – I’m thinking about the pressure I said to a few of my friends – who are they going to get to replace Arsene Wenger, you know, who are they going to get who is better than Arsene Wenger?
“And that’s why they don’t do [sack him], that’s why they’ve stuck by him.”
The Scot continued: “There’s no evidence that sacking a manager gives you success.
“But there is evidence at Manchester United, at Nottingham Forest, at Arsenal that [if] you retain the manager for long periods, you get consistency and you get success.”
Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League table after their 3-0 win over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium last weekend.
The Gunners, who are two points behind Manchester City, take on Watford next Saturday after the international break.