The Czech Republic international has made a phenomenal impact at Arsenal, and that’s not just down to his individual quality. He’s been a calming presence among our back line, and his signing has really seen us step up a level.
He still believes he has several years at the top level, and at 33-years-old he could easily be our first choice goalkeeper for a few more years. Once he retires he has his eye on a role in management though, and feels he’s well suited to the role.
“I would like to be a manager, to organise everything in training, see if my philosophy could work and give it to the team,” he said.
“I know I could be a goalkeeper coach, I feel I am better suited to be a manager.
“I hope I still have another three years performing at the highest level, something that I really enjoy doing.”
While Arsene Wenger is likely to be long gone before Cech retires, that hasn’t stopped the papers linking the former Chelsea man with the job at Arsenal (via the Metro). It seems unlikely at this point, but by the time the veteran keeper retires it could be a vastly different landscape.
While Arsenal have unquestionably developed a reputation for doing things in a somewhat unorthodox manner, you’d still expect us to hire an established manager in the wake of Wenger’s retirement. It’s possible Cech could someday be an Arsenal manager, but he’d no doubt be expected to cut his teeth elsewhere before taking the hot-seat at the Emirates.
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Cech’s retirement is a long way off though, so let’s just be thankful we’ve got him between the sticks and forget about an eventual move into management.