After much speculation over the future of Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has basically stated that if Wenger were to become available after Capello’s reign ends, England should take him as the new manager.
The Swede, who led England to three tournament quarter finals, thinks that Wenger’s keen eye for talent would also work in his favour when the FA come to decide on the new boss and he would be the perfect manager for England.
Eriksson said on the England manager position:
People talk about Harry Redknapp as the people’s choice. But I’m quite sure if the FA could get Wenger, they would take him.
If you consider him foreign after all his years in England, I don’t know.
Arsene Wenger can adapt to everything. I mean, he lives for football and his family.
You see how much it matters to him every game. But you also see when it’s a Euro or a World Cup, he is working on it for French television. So he doesn’t miss anything. That’s his holiday!
When asked if Wenger could transfer his footballing philosophy onto the international stage, as well as using his talent at developing youngsters for England, Eriksson added:
I’m sure he can do that but he’s just one of the names. There’s Redknapp. Alex Ferguson will never take it of course!
For me, it doesn’t matter if he is English. Whatever nationality the coach, he has a difficult time if you don’t reach the semi-finals. Quarter-finals was not good enough!