Eng­land should have English coach – Wenger

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

AR­SE­NAL MAN­AGER Arsene Wenger says he has not been con­tacted about tak­ing con­trol of the Eng­land na­tional team, but be­lieves the job should be given to an English­man. “There has been no con­tact,” the French­man told beIN Sports. “There is noth­ing re­ally to add. Per­son­ally, I want Eng­land to do well.” Wenger stressed he felt the role would be best served by a home­grown coach, with Un­der-21s boss Gareth South­gate hav­ing taken up the job on an in­terim ba­sis. “It is very im­por­tant (that the man­ager is an English­man), I have al­ways said that.” “A coun­try like Eng­land, with a huge foot­ball pas­sion ... and as well the struc­ture of the na­tional team (it) looks to me (that it) de­mands a guy from your own na­tion is the leader. “If you think that to­mor­row you are the coach of France and you play against Eng­land, when the na­tional an­them is played of Eng­land, you can­not sing it and you can­not sing as well the an­them of the team you are lead­ing. “It looks to me a bit strange, that is why I like what is log­i­cal ... I think it is bet­ter (to have an English­man).” Wenger is in the fi­nal sea­son of his cur­rent Ar­se­nal con­tract af­ter 20 years in his cur­rent role. He has said in the past that it is pos­si­ble that he could one day coach Eng­land and he has been pub­licly noted as a can­di­date by FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn. “It is quite sim­ple. My first pri­or­ity was al­ways Ar­se­nal. The sec­ond thing I would have con­sid­ered was to stay in Eng­land,” Wenger said. “It would be dif­fi­cult for me to man­age an­other English team, and so the sec­ond pos­si­bil­ity would have been Eng­land, but my pri­or­ity was al­ways my club.”


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