Gary Neville sends warning to next Arsenal manager
The Man United legend expects the next Arsenal manager to endure teething problems after replacing Arsene Wenger
Gary Neville has warned Arsene Wenger’s replacement to expect teething problems at Arsenal.
The current Gunners manager announced on Friday that he will stand down at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Wenger’s side are in sixth place in the table and 14 points behind bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.
The Frenchman has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22 seasons in charge of the north London club.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel are two of the leading candidates to replace Wenger.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and ex-Chelsea FC manager Carlo Ancelotti are another two contenders to succeed the decorated Frenchman.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira have been linked with emotional returns to the The Emirates.
Former Manchester United defender Neville warned Arsenal supporters to be patient with whoever is appointed to follow in the footsteps of Wenger.
“It’ll be a huge challenge for whoever takes over,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“The reality of it is, Arsene Wenger has created a culture at the football club that will be set – there will now need to be an introduction of a new manager who will need to put his own stamp on it, manipulate the squad into something he likes, change the environment and make sure it becomes his team.
“There will be some teething problems, but I don’t think this is the time to be looking forward to a new manager and next season.
“I think Arsenal have done it now to give themselves some time to look forward, to give themselves some time to put a plan in place, but today feels like a day when we should be talking about Arsene Wenger and the success and respect he deserves for his great tenure at Arsenal, rather than who the next manager is going to be.”
Arsenal will take on West Ham United at The Emirates in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.