Captaining Arsenal’s helm since 1996, Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly the Premier League’s longest serving manager having spent over two decades at the Gunners, a reign which has seen the Frenchman steer the club towards a glittering multitude of domestic silverware and accolades.
Emulating Wenger’s outstanding managerial career is certainly no easy feat in the turbulence of today’s modern game, and with only a handful of top-flight bosses making it past the two season mark without seeing the guillotine, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino believes that withstanding the test of time is a ‘tough’ task to conquer as club owners readily demand quick-fire success, a minimum requirement if a manager’s to survive to the extent ‘Le Prof’ has done at both Highbury and the Emirates over the years.
Speaking to the press – via a report published by Goal – ahead of Saturday’s lunch time north-London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at Wembley, Pochettino admitted: “It’s difficult [to be like Wenger],
“For different reasons, it is tough. Maybe we are talking about one of the last managers to be able to apply this power over everything in a football club.
“The owners are different these days. Before, England was a little bit of a paradise for football. It was unique: there was respect for projects, for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.
“But now the owners are different. When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more. And in the last few years, everything that has happened in the English game is similar to what would happen in another European country.”
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