Wenger linked to England job
CAPE TOWN — Arsene Wenger admits he is flattered to be linked with the vacant England job - but insists his sole focus is on Arsenal until the end of the season.
The England managerial role has become available after the FA parted company with Sam Allardyce just 67 days in charge.
The Daily Telegraph newspaperewspaper alleged Allardyce advised undercover businessman on ways to “get around” third-partyrty transfer rules, making his position as England d boss untenable.
Gareth Southgate is the man to take over the reins from ‘Big Sam’ after er he was put in temporary charge for the nationalational side’s next four games.
However, with Arsene Wenger inside the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, speculation is rife that hat his name could be in the hat when the Football Association discuss who shoulduld replace Allardyce on a permanent basis. is.
When asked if he was flatteredred by the talk, the Frenchman said: “OfOf course, but my priority has always beeneen this club. Until the end of this seasonon I’m here, and I am completely focusedcused on that.”
Speaking after the Gunners’rs’ 2-0 victory over Basel in the Championsmpions League on Wednesday, Wenger reaffirmed his commitment to o Arsenal after being asked whether he meantt he was at the club just until next summer.
“My priority is always Arsenalnal and I have to assess how well I do until thehe end of the season,” added Wenger.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe ruled himself out on n Thursday of replacing Sam Allardyce as England manager, although he said thehe “ultimate job” could tempt him later in his career. Allardyce’s one-game career as England manager came to a humiliating end after just 67 days on Tuesday following controversial comments made to undercover reporters. The 61-year-old was secretly filmed giving advice on how t to circumnavigate transfer rules and moc mocking England predecessor Roy Hodgson. Allardyce, appointedap England manager in July on a $3 $3.9 million, also agreed to travel to SingaporeSingap and Hong Kong as an ambassador for their fictitious firm for a fee of $40 $400 000. Eng England Under-21 coach Gare Gareth Southgate has been plac placed in caretaker charge for upcoming World Cup qua qualifiers, but the 38-yearold old Howe has been touted as a f full-time replacement on the g grounds that the benefit of his be being a clean break with the past w would outweigh his relative inexper inexperience. How Howe was linked with the England job after Hodgson resigned following the team’s embarra embarrassing exit from this year’s Europea European Championships in France at the hands of Iceland. But he insisted yesterday he wanted to help cement south coast side Bournemouth’sB place in the Premie Premier League as he followed United States coach Jurgen Klinsm Klinsmann in ruling himself out of repla replacing Allardyce.— Sport24.