Why Bergkamp should NOT replace Brady at Arsenal

Liam Brady is an Arsenal legend, there is no doubt about it, and when he finishes his fantastic job of running the youth academy in 2014, it is vital that Arsenal pick the right man to fill his shoes. I feel it should be somebody with a big connection to the club, and Dennis Bergkamp certainly fits that description. Some newspapers reported that Bergkamp may be in line for the position, but I do not think he is the right man.

It’s not that he couldn’t do the job, he knows the game inside out and I’m sure he would be brilliant. The problem, for me, is that running the academy should be a long term project. It’s important for the young players to know who they are dealing with year after year. It’s all about continuation and progress, and it is vitally important for the Arsenal philosophy that the academy is as good as it can be.

Brady took the job in 1996, not long before Arsene Wenger took over as manager, so it will be 18 years when he steps aside. In that time, Arsenal have produced some excellent players, the best of the recent bunch being Jack Wilshere who looks set to captain Arsenal and England for years to come. Obviously we want that to continue.

The thing with Bergkamp is, he is assistant to Frank de Boer at Ajax at the minute, learning his trade as a manager. If Arsenal want him to be manager one day, as I certainly do, then he should join the club as a coach or as the manager in time, not as director of the academy. Arsenal need to find someone who wants the academy job, not as a stepping stone to the manager’s job, but because it’s what they want to do.

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71 thoughts on “Why Bergkamp should NOT replace Brady at Arsenal

  1. Mrfreeze

    as long as he part of arsenal setup as does well i dont care what he come as.

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  2. true goon

    True.It would be like a backward step for him,i don’t think he would take it on a long term basis.He could take it if it was a way of fast tracking him into the coaching staff with Bouldy.But your right its more important t pick some1 for the long term.
    Can you see Wenger putting up with both Bouldy an Bergkamp along side him?He would never let that happen,thats probably his nightmare.

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  3. god's a gunner

    doesn’t everyone coach youth teams in order to move up to senior/bigger teams? so you want someone with no ambition? Arsenal focuses on promoting youth players, why not do the same with coaches (like barca)? 16 years is also way too long of a time frame, I see absolutely nothing wrong with having DB10 as youth coach for 5 years and then move him up if necessary.

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  4. k

    Step 1: Fix the defence. Something is wrong, confidence or tactics, it needs to be sorted

    Step 2: Tie down every quality player at the club for future years, we made a good start this window, that builds a good foundation for the team

    Step 3: Buy two or three top quality players in summer. We have great players, loads of them, but no real world class players who can win a game from nothing.

    That’s what I would try and get sorted before the start of next season, that puts us in a good position to kick on from there and start building The Invincibles Part 2.

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  5. Twig

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  6. k

    @Twig
    I vote for Ramsey not because I feel he is of higher quality, simply because these last few games he has put in good, professional performances and deserves his chance. Plus it also allows Arteta to play higher up in his favoured position.

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  7. Twig

    @K I don’t think Wenger will ever play Arteta as an AM, not until, Wilshere, Cazorla and Rosicky are out injured at the same time :-(

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  8. johnverdal

    arteta, wilshere and cazorla are our first chocie midfield.
    diaby, rosicky, coquelin and ramsey will only play when our first choice players get injured.

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  9. k

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  10. snakeoil

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  11. LmFaO

    @Twig you can only have 7 people on the bench, mate… not 9…. and i prefer Arteta because of his leadership (hes the vice captain!) and his crazy passing accuracy… he doesnt give away possession cheaply….

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  12. dalinho

    It would be nice to pair ramsey with Arteta in CM to give wilshere a rest now and then! But ATM Wilshere n Ramsey are a good pairing and will only get better! If we can rotate them with diaby and Arteta and rotate cazorla with rosicky we will always have fresh talent causing problems for other teams not to mention walcott n OX and when poldi’s out cazorla can slot in on the left! Arsenal just need back up for Giroud and a forth CB then maybe an expirienced GK for scesney!! 4th spot is ours this season I can feel it!

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  13. neil moxon

    I’ve seen an interview with Dennis Bergkamp and he said he
    doesn’t want to be a manager so he would fit the bill perfectly.

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  14. mohawk35

    @All Ramseyites.

    Ramsey has been terrible for over a year and suddenly when he has 3 easy matches as DM he is pure class and better than Arteta. All Ramsey had to do was make a few completely free and unmarked 10 yard passes.

    I have nothing against Ramsey starting as DM if Diaby and Coquelin are out. Maybe he can do it but I have seen many times Ramsey eaten alive in defensive roles against good teams in the past.

    Suddenly Ramsey is a superstar again. Let us not go overboard and declare him player of the year after a few games.

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  15. mohawk35

    @All Ramsey Worshipers

    Ramsey has been terrible for over a year and suddenly when he has 3 easy matches as DM he is pure class and better than Arteta. All Ramsey had to do was make a few completely free and unmarked 10 yard passes.

    I have nothing against Ramsey starting as DM if Diaby and Coquelin are out. Maybe he can do it but I have seen many times Ramsey eaten alive in defensive roles against good teams that actually attack with high pressure.

    Suddenly Ramsey is a superstar again. Let us not go overboard and declare him player of the year after a few games – you will be disappointed

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  16. Kayboy

    Personally, i dnt see anythiog wrong with bergckamp taking up the job at the academy,bcos apart from the fact that he is a living legend that loves arsenal passionately, it will also intimate him on the most recent system of operations obtainable within the team. this will serve as a rehearsal for him towards the big job ahead.

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  17. Eric

    Bergkamp’s perfect job is this academy position because of his fear of flying. A manager of Arsenal needs to actually be willing to travel to all of their games.

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  18. NIcky

    Weren’t we all gobsmacked at us not appointing him a coach earlier in the season? and should we not have created a role for patrick viera when he wanted to come and be part of the arsenal staff? Wouldn’t having two of the invicibles coaching and interacting with the current team and the first team be just what we need?

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  19. mohawk35

    @k – Cazorla has played twice on the wing and twice it did not work at all. He was never out wide. He stayed in the middle all game and it just jammed things up in the midde all game – no width – no spreading the defense – disaster.

    I don’t know if the tactic to avoid the wide play was his doing or Wenger’s but it was far less than successful.

    When Poldolski plays the wing he finds a good mix of wide play and going central when needed.

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  20. Dec

    @ georgie b
    Methinks you’ll find that Liam Brady has been contributing to the Arsenal since 1971. A lot longer than the 18 years in his current role. A true Arsenal and Irish legend.

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  21. mohawk35

    @k: We all agree and we all would love to have a good defense. If only it were that easy to do – just say the words – then it would have been done already.

    With Wenger at the helm the defense will ALWAYS be a secondary consideration If you want good defense you will either need to replace Wenger or become a Stoke fan.

    I have learned to live with it and I cheer for the Gunners to simply outscore their opponents each game.

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  22. k

    @Mohawk35
    I know what you mean, but for me it’s the only way to get all our top players on the pitch. Walcott is good out wide, but for me it seems that these last few games he has been trying to force his way into the box to score goals when he has had chances to pass.
    I think the main problem with Cazorla was the he was on the left, he seems to prefer the right side, if you watch a few games he almost always seems to drift to the right, then either cross, pass to Sagna/Walcott or get a shot off.

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  23. skelator

    i would like to see him and frank de beor at arsenal after wenger goes they are doing good things at ajax and could transfer the ajax model ie great youth set up also using old players in the coaching roles and also continue to delvelope youngters to play great technical football and make all the teams right up to the first team tatically astute and play to the total football blueprint which to a degree we follow now already this should ensure that the club moves foward properly

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  24. Kosio

    The board and the manager obviously don’t give a shit about arsenal.. The stadium should be empty until those money sucking idiots loose enough from nobody visiting the games that they learn that the football club is the fans, not them… No fans, no income, no football club. We did 1 transfer only because gibbs got injured. Only a miracle will save 4th place, and it might not come… I wonder how much time will it pass until every fan realizes where we are going with this board and that manager. Sad thing is, board won’t sack Wenger cause he sells whatever he can wilshere, caszorla, podolski will be next, because that income has to come from somewhere and since it won’t be champions league it will be selling again. A disgrace. Only the fans can save the club now, by putting an opinion for once and saying we had enough of lies and bullshit…

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  25. k

    @Mohawk35
    Don’t get me wrong, I love our ability to score freely, just think if we could tighten up at the back we would be absolute quality. Scoring more goals than last season, and conceding less.

    The one thing that is starting to annoy me is the number of draws. We need to realise that when it’s 1-1, we have to go full on attack in the 80th minute.
    Look at it this way. If we concede, we drop a point. If we score, we gain 2. Odds are 2/1 in our favour and most of the time we should be the better side against teams like Fulham, Norwich, Southampton, etc.

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  26. snakeoil

    I like your suggestions – they of course make sense. But many things that make sense Wenger never does. Wenger detests following common sense and conventional wisdom.

    For example, Wenger often selects underperforming players over proven performers on the team sheet. I cannot tell you why, but he is one stubborn SOB.

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  27. mohawk35

    @k:

    I absolutely agree with you and I believe most fans agree with you – defense needs fixing.

    I just don’t realistically see it happening with Wenger so I have stopped hoping for what I don’t see as possible with Wenger in charge.

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  28. gazlar

    I thought Ramsey played shite against Liverpool. Gave the ball away far to often. I’m not saying he is alone, the whole back four were crap too, as was scheznys positioning. We should not need a dm, the back four should be able to do their job ffs. I will give Wenger till the summer to sort it out, if he does not invest in quality then I’ll want him out. Also I think all arsenal fans should boycott Europa league and not go to a single game. That would send a clear message to the board.

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  29. Kitsilano

    This article is about Liam Brady – a hero – and Dennis Bergkamp – a legend.

    The commennts however are about tomorrow’s team selection and Aaron Ramsey.

    Disconnection….

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  30. ripple

    @Kitsilano:

    You make a good point about the subject of this blog posting. We should all probably adhere closer to it.

    But the comments simply reflect what most fans find important or interesting at the moment. They are actually a good guage of the fans’ outlook.

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  31. Kitsilano

    @ ripple,

    I agree with you, we should express what we find interesting at the moment. It’s a crucial crunch time for the club. And many articles in this forum have been dedicated to that, with loads of valuable comments.

    But I also wish more comments on this article would celebrate Brady for his services. Moreover, I think that – if opportunity given – Arsenal should bring in more members of the Invincibles to Emirates – regardless of what they would do at the club. What they had is what we are missing today: the winning mentality.

    That would help our young players a lot.

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  32. Arsenal1Again

    Bob, you say about Wilshere and besides him we have Gibbs and Ashley Cole. Can you name any others who came through besides these, Bendtner and scezney since Wenger took the job?

    That’s 5 players. A very poor return considering the number who has been through the academy?

    Be careful not to include on your list players we poached from other academys like Cesc and Theo.

    Of course, before Wenger there was Adams, Keown who was already at the academy when Adams arrived, the Merse and Brady himself rose through the youth ranks, as did tons of others like Pat Rice. But during Liam’s tenure, how much talent has come through? We spent season after season waiting for the youth to blossom and deliver but most didn’t make it. We can all name today players who shojld be stepping up to the first team but geeeez, they’ll grow tired of waiting e entually and go to another team like all the others have a mediocre career.

    There was a time when we recruited from within but those gems are rare. All we now is the gems from the youth academies of other teams which we have poached and that doesn’t impress me, especially after waiting years for players to come Up to the first team and then leave before doing it.

    I am very interested in your list of players. Wilshere, Bendtner, Ashley Cole, Gibbs, scezsny and who …?

    at Rice was head of youth before Liam and I am thinking he wasn’t expecting to be leap frogged by Bould and expected to be no.2 after Rice left. I would leave the club after being overlooked like that. Bergkamp being the youth coach is hearsay, it could easily be Adams, Keown, Henry and a number of other ex-players. How solid is the claim Bergkamp has agreed to be our head of youth?

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  33. TUGUME NICKON

    DENIS is the most ideal man to replace wenger, so may be he should be getting started with the academy meanwhile as he prepere to take over 4rm his manager!,no wonder he is the DUTCH MASTER!!!!!!!

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  34. V

    Bergkamp coming in even for short or long term will be great, imagine the nextgen youth get a dose of the dutchman passing technique!

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  35. johnverdal

    arsenal team for stoke city:
    szczsny
    jenkinson koscielny vermaelen monreal
    diaby wilshere
    walcott cazorla podolski
    giroud

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  36. craig2500

    He asked to be part of our set up before and we turned him down, this position is available and i think he deserves a shot at it. You keep pushing ex players away and they end up working elsewhere, Viera ring any bells. He played for Arsenal, knows the set up and our history and he could bring some great young names to the club. I dont agree, in fact get Keown in as well on defence.

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  37. johnverdal

    szczsny
    jenkinson
    koscielny
    hummels
    monreal
    wanyama
    wilshere
    cazorla
    walcott
    podolski
    giroud

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  38. PatLloyd

    @mohawk365

    They said a similar thing about RVP – he’s been injured year after year, now hes been fit for one season (2010) all you Gooners think he’ll be amazing and injury free. Look what happened

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  39. Cookie

    Brady leaves in 2014
    Wengers contract runs till 2014
    Not hard to work out who become director of the youth academy
    Wonder if bergamot will be ready to take over by then

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  40. KING

    hey guys, have anyone think about if Bergkamp becomes our manager, how will he do for our champions league games due to his flight phobia.

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  41. md31

    p;ease wenger dont play sagnia as right back give chance to jenkenson he will be better the sagnia sgnia cant cross cant pass one person cant defend now and play kosicelney at the back with varmalen

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  42. Scott

    Can someone explain why every topic about Arsenal becomes a forum for idiots to bag players or the manager?
    This topic is on Bergkamp or can’t some of you read?
    Join Le Grove where everyone hates Wenger and the players, and leave topics to stand on their own two feet!!

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  43. Scott

    King, his travel issue doesn’t worry me at all.
    For that one negative, there are numerous positives that outweigh it, in my opinion.
    Get him to the club…he will do great things.

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  44. zarif

    Gibbs could struggle to win his place back, with Arsenal scouts rating Monreal as one of the top five left backs in world football.

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  45. Stuart

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Bergkamp was a great player and all that but that doesn’t mean he should be our manager.

    You say you’d love him to be the manager one day. Why? What brings you to that conclusion now? Is it because he was a great player therfore you feel he would be a great manager?
    IMO he is unproven as a manager, he may be good, he may not so it’s a bit early to be saying I’d love to have him as manager. I wish him all the best and hope he achieves his ambitions but I don’t want him to be the manager just for old times sentimental reasons. I want the best person to be the manager.

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  46. DC

    Pretty sure Guardiola was in charge of the academy at Barca before he went onto manage their first team? And that didn’t end badly! Their academy isn’t quiet as good as ours is it ;), so don’t see what the problem is, could choose far worse?

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  47. Bob Dylan

    It will be 2014, henry needs coaching experience, he will be turnin 37 maybe good place for henry to starts before he becomes arsenal manager with dennis bergkamp assistant in 2020

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  48. Haxxxan

    bergkamp as head of the academy and henry as our next manager… imagine bergkamp providing henry with the assists(players from the academy for the first team)!!!!

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  49. Gunner

    The Iceman would have absolutely no interest in the youth academy job! He is already assistant manager at Ajax, a step like that would be a step back for him!!
    There is only one job at Arsenal that the Iceman is interested in and that is team manager!
    He is on record as saying he wants to come back,and right now he is waiting for Wenger to step down. Wenger is out of contract next year and I cant see him renewing unless he starts winning again. So unless Arsenal win the CL this year and the Championship next year. I would say the Dennis Bergkamp might well be on his way back to Arsenal all right!! As manager

    You know what!!! He would be terrific, because he would work players really hard! Nobody worked harder than he as player. He used to train in the off season at Arsenal when nobody was there except the apprentices. Cant wait

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  50. Arsenal

    Isco has committed his future toMalaga by signing a three-year contract extension, which also contains a buyout clause of 35 million euros. 

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  51. Denis

    Your all soo STUPID

    He’s coming so he replaces Wenger in a couple years. He’s a perfect replacement, young, talented, absolutely smashing it with Ajax and most importantly he knows the club and is loved by the club.

    Do you really think Wengers successor when his contract runs out in 2014 will be a random. NO

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  52. Invincibles nice (1)

    Bergkamp will be more than a fine manager one day. The experience he has from everything Ajax and his knowledge of inner workings throughout top european sides along with his very focused mentality, his abundance of contacts from the huge respect he commands throughout the game all make me certain that the Bergkamp will be a great Arsenal manager for many a year.

    I get your point and think its a valid and fair one but if he did join there are allot of benefits also. I believe Dennis would be a great judgement of talent… there would be many mothers and fathers who would love there kids learning the Bergkampesc way of football. Bergkamp wouldnt be the first manager of a top club who had started within the youth team set up, and when they do finally step in as manager they always have the benefit of knowing the kids games inside out… the kids are all grown up now and would give absolutely everything so to not let down there manager (always seeking his approval)

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  53. ripple

    Well, It is time for me to stop whining and go into the “Totally Gooner” mode.

    I think Arsenal can break apart Stoke with a little perserverence. And it will be great to see Monreal.

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  54. TrueGunner82

    I wish recent players like nasri, cesc, RVP, song had didication like Wenger, Brady and Pat Rice.

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  55. Greg

    I have great respect for mr brady being a loyal servant to us for so long! Himself and dennis bergkamp one legend to another legend!

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  56. frisco

    sometime, I believe this site is run by RAMSEY familie, the guy was a shit for last 54 games including Liverpool game,just look at the 2 goal of liverpool ,he plays 2 decent games against two shit team and now is beter than ARTETA,wat a f@k is going on with us?

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  57. Neil

    I too would love Bergy to become manager one day.

    However, there is a problem with it, which I forgot about at first.

    He doesn’t fly.

    Let’s just say our future Champion’s League group is this:

    Arsenal
    Spartak Moscow (Russia)
    Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
    Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

    I doubt he would travel by car to those games and if we lost…people would be on his back.

    Bergkamp is a legend, but he is Dutch. Dutch folks are generally laid back people and walk away from things when people start moaning. I know that’s a broad generalisation and he may not be like that at all, but it’s a possibilty.

    I think we’d need to bring in De Boer and DB10 given almost the reins to actually coach the side and advise the best formations/line ups and De Boer to actually be the manager for those reasons.

    This is conjecture for now, as I feel Arsene will be manager for another season at least, but the De Boer/Bergkamp partnership would be my number one.

    If Bergy leaves De Boer at Ajax, obviously De Boer will get a new coach and may want to work with the new coach instead of Bergkamp, but the lure of the job at Arsenal may make him see sense in keeping an Arsenal legend by his side.

    I don’t see the problem with having Bergkamp coaching our young players. Liam Brady was a legend, he won the footballer of the year when Arsenal were basically a mid table side. Liverpool/Forest had some of Europe’s finest players winning Europe’s top prize many times between them in a short space of time during Brady’s peak.

    Despite this, I doubt many of the young players know anything about him. However, working with Bergkamp would have them starry eyed and hanging on his every word.

    For me, Bergkamp as youth coach is a good fit, and he is a good fit for manager if he overcomes his fear of flying.

    If not, he needs to be a number two with a maasive input (unlike Bould) on coaching and tactical suggestions.

    Whether someone like De Boer is willing to do this is another matter. The other option is that Berkamp is the manager and the number two travels to games that are too far to travel to by car. Dennis could still go to France, Spain…even as far as Greece (as he once promised to do) by car.

    I hope Dennis is aware that there are courses for people to overcome his fear. It doesn’t always work but it can for many.

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  58. Bob

    If he became coach/manager, would he leave the team behind for Champions League 2 take a train? Dutch Master.

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  59. marcellgooner

    i disagree with this article.i think he should couch our reserves because oneday when wenger leaves he can just take over.the players that time will probably adapt easily because they will know him for being at the club.also if he could couch the youngsters then he would gain more expierience as a manager and it would not be hard for him if couches the first team.

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  60. Michael Staley

    Thanks to the people who have actually commented on the topic. For the rest: this isn’t a chat-room where you just wander up and say whatever passes through your mind, such as slagging off this or that player. Try a little self-discipline, for God’s sake.

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