Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has stated that all clubs face similar problems regarding player agents in the transfer window, except for Arsenal due to the presence of Arsene Wenger, The Guardian reports.
Redknapp was alluding to the role of the agent in the report, and voiced his frustrations as to how a player’s representative can deal with the chairman directly and alienate the manager.
Citing Arsene Wenger, he believes that our manager’s influence throughout the club prevents such scenario’s taking place at Arsenal, allowing a clear structure in terms of how business is conducted.
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“Agents are befriending chairmen and chief executives now because they know the chairman will be there long term and the manager is only passing through,” Redknapp told The Guardian when speaking on how modern football works.
“Unless you’re Arsène Wenger and have real control of the club, agents will go directly above the manager.”
The power Wenger has is recognised across the globe and we’re certainly run in a unique way compared to some of our counterparts.
As modern football shifts towards the era of ‘the director of football’ whose task is to focus on player trading while the manager is demoted to ‘head coach’, Wenger still remains top dog at the Emirates Stadium.
Our chief executive Ivan Gazidis was actually interviewed and brought in by Wenger (via Sky Sports) – a clear demonstration of power if there ever was one.
In our last AGM, our chairman Sir Chips Keswick had this to say about Wenger and his influence (via The Evening Standard).
“If he has a plan, we back him. If he doesn’t have a plan, we keep quiet. There is no doubt who calls the shots about football at Arsenal. It is not the chairman, it is not the fans, it is Mr Arsene Wenger.”
We’re in for some troublesome months once Wenger retires.