Wenger linked to Eng­land job

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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.

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