The Gunners former left-back Ashely Cole says he would like to see Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at the helm of the England national team. The 35-year-old believes the Frenchman would be the perfect man to take England forward given his proven ability over the years to develop talented young players (via Skysports).
Cole, who now plays for LA Galaxy in the States, served under Wenger for seven seasons before transferring to bitter rivals Chelsea where he made 229 appearances (75 more than for Arsenal).
The defender has waded straight into the foreigner-versus-English manager arguement, coming out very much on the side of the former. “Again it’s debatable but for me I’d like to see someone like Wenger there. He’s good with the youngsters, knows how to win and knows his football…so if you asked me to choose a manager it would be Arsene Wenger. I think he could develop it on to the next level,” Cole told Skysports.
The defender is far from the only one to have suggested Wenger for the top job in English football. Admirers of the Frenchman point to his more than two decades of experience in the Premier League as the ideal qualification for the post. Not only that, but the 66-year-old is credited by many with changing the face of the British game by introducing a style of play which had until his arrival been little seen on this side of the Channel.
However all these positives count for little at the moment given Wenger’s current commitment to Arsenal and the fact that the FA are not believed to be seriously considering him as a candidate. Still, the Gunners boss is not entirely ruling out the possibility of one day coaching England. He has said in the past that he doesn’t know what he’ll do when his current contract expires at the end of 2017.
A Frenchman at the top of the English game? Given the madness of Brexit in recent weeks it would be interesting to know what leave voters might make of that. Perhaps the question will have to go to a national referendum.