During the press conference today, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke out in support of Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson. The Foxes manager was charged by the FA after an altercation with supporters during a home game, in which he appeared to get into a heated verbal exchange.
Wenger says that the criticism managers come under these days makes it essential for them to develop a thick skin. He said that it was part and parcel of the game, and managers needed to learn to cope. However, Wenger also spoke of the need to be respected by the fans. He said that it was everybody’s right to be respected and that it was not a one way street. If the fans wanted to be respected by the manager, they had to show respect in return.
I think society is like it is today. You want to win the next game. It’s a permanent tribunal from everybody, and it is as it is. You have to cope with that.
I believe that you want zero tolerance for no respect. You want respect in society and you want to legally make sure that respect is applied to everybody, not only going one way.
I just can repeat that you want respect in society and you want to legally make sure that respect is applied to everybody. Everybody has the right to be respected. I don’t think that anybody likes not to be respected.
Wenger can speak from experience; he has been under almost constant attack from sections of the fans throughout the season, and was openly jeered by fans as he waited on the platform to catch the train back home following the 3-2 loss at Stoke.
The veteran manager also praised Newcastle boss Alan Pardew for the job that he has done reviving the fortunes of the side. The two managers have not been on the friendliest of terms in the past, but that all seems to be forgotten now. Wenger’s praise comes on the heels of Pardew’s comments highlighting Wenger’s successes at Arsenal, the Magpies boss had said that Wenger deserved to ‘have the stadium named after him’.
Arsene Wenger has done an unbelievable job at Arsenal and in some ways their stadium should be named after him.
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This is what Wenger had to say regarding Pardew:
I think he has done very well. He has gone through a very difficult patch at Newcastle and he has dealt with it with strength and dignity. Fortunately he has been rewarded for it.
He did extremely well last year until December. Afterwards, he lost Cabaye and it became very difficult. This year, they had a difficult start and now they are on a great run. He’s done a great job to redress that. It’s not easy.
Newcastle are fresh from beating table toppers Chelsea, who slumped to their first loss of the season with a 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park. If we are to beat them, we will have to be at our absolute best, especially since we will be fielding a makeshift defence tomorrow.