Ian Wright has urged Arsene Wenger not to take the England job if he is offered the role, because he will get “so much stick”.
The Frenchman has emerged as a contender to take the post following the departure of Sam Allardyce last week after 67 days and one game in the role.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season and he admitted last week he was open to taking the job, if he was available, although he did insist the Gunners remain his priority.
However, Wright says he would not like to see Wenger become the next Three Lions coach because of the pressure that comes with it.
“[I’d say] don’t do the England job, because it’s too much pressure,” said Wright via the Evening Standard. “He’s going to get so much stick.
“You see the amount of stick he getting from Arsenal [fans] when he’s trying to do his stuff. I wouldn’t like to see him go through [these] 20 years, and then the last 10 years it’s been [like this] for him.
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“And then go to England and it not quite work out and you get that kind of stick as well… That’s a selfish reason, personally.”
While Wenger’s name continues to be linked with the job it seems clear he has yet to decide on his future. The Frenchman has repeatedly stated he will make his decision depending on performances this season. Sunday’s late win over Burnley saw Arsenal move to within two points of leaders Manchester City which suggests, for the time being at least, he will be staying at the Emirates.