Date: 8th February 2007 at 10:19am
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It’s never a nice subject to talk about, but we all have to accept that one day Arsene Wenger will retire, and according to Le Boss, that should be within the next 10 years.

Mr. Wenger recently celebrated 10 years in charge of Arsenal, but doesn’t think he’ll be able to last another 10, despite believing the Gunners success will surpass the great manager himself.

“I think Arsenal has another 10 years of success ahead of them ? but not me.’

“I need to accept that in 10 years I`ll be 67 and in this job you need a certain amount of instinctive physical power and an animal instinct for winning.’

“It is something which must come naturally to you but you can lose it when your testosterone levels drop or when arthritis hits you or you just go through the process of becoming old.’

“The fact is that you can lose it when you are 45 and I know ? I`ve seen guys who got fed up of coaching in their 40s. There are guys who won the European Cup 10 years ago and now they are just nowhere.’

“Then there are men like Sir Bobby Robson and Giovanni Trapattoni who will go to their graves with the same hunger to win. You need to be sensible, particularly as in my job you have to be absolutely passionate and also very selfish.’

“Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him. My job takes up 90 per cent of every day of my life and, as far as my family is concerned, they have had to be pretty self-sufficient.’

“As a coach you can never just coast along. You are either flying high or on a terrible low. You must learn to cope with disappointment ? without losing your love of the game.’

“Every defeat is like being jilted in love and you ask yourself ‘Will I ever be able to love again?`”

In this extensive interview, Wenger revealed his human side and his worries and fears about retirement and death.

“I`m obsessed by things like retiring and death.’

“What drives me on is that belief that tomorrow I`ll do things better and be a better person than I am today.Most of my life has gone without me even noticing how fast time was passing.’

“But when you turn 50 you suddenly realise you have reached the top of the hill and that your days are numbered. It`s a very painful realisation. This is the moment when you start reflecting on how best to use the time left to you.

“Is it best to go on as normal without really thinking about the future or should you change direction and adapt as you get older? Do you impose your own limits or do you allow other people to do that for you?’

“But I`m someone who needs to set my own limits. If I ever lose that then my career will be over and it will be the end to my aspirations for my life.’

“I`ve never understood people who say ‘I`m no good at this or that`. I simply cannot understand the idea of settling for what you have or for who you are.”




 

33 Replies to “Wenger To Retire Within 10 Years”

  • That last paragraph alone is what stands the man out from a normal person. He will forever strive for greatness. Although personally I think he has already achieved it.

  • Wenger retiring in 7 or 8 years time doesn’t worry me at all. He has built the club from the bottom upwards & has already said he will be helping arsenal find a new manager when he does eventually leave. In 7 or 8 years the highbury square development will be well & truly finished & a major part of our debt repaid. The new manager will have a vast sum of money for signings & the academy will still be churning out class players. Wenger will still have input from wherever he is & will certainly be able to recommend world class youngsters. The whole point in Wenger’s plan was to leave arsenal as a major force that can attract the best managers & players after he has gone. If we cant do that then he has failed & I really dont see Wenger failing at this stage!!

  • Me too hatespur, it is indeed an inspiring statement. It just make you want to get off your arse and do something. I personally think he will go another 10 years. Football is his life, without it he would die. LONG LIVE SIR ARSENE WENGER.

  • Too right Rocky. It has inspired me to get up off my arse and go and have a fag. Well, it’s a start. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • Ahhhh the Japanese flag arse, very nice. Toilet roll in the fridge time? For your info, my little mob will be going to the gatekeeper on CC Final day. We have the same block and row seats as the 2002 F.A Cup final against Chelsea. I’ll be digging out the same pants and going through the same ritual as that day. I believe we even have the same coach. I can’t wait now, they’re the best seats we have ahd at Cardiff. Be nice to see a few vital boys in there.

  • he is one of those people who always wants to retire but can never bring themselves to do it. I think it could reach 2016 and he will say, I just cant quit Arsenal. I hope so.

  • he may not be managing arsenal in 7 – 10 yrs, but who is to say they don’t move him ” upstairs” and become more of a Director of Sport, where he will scour Europe to find the next Cesc, Patrick, Kolo !!! i think he will stay until he dies myself, once a gooner always a gooner, just look at Dennis, he is still around the place cos he loves it, I think Arsene will be the same.

  • Maybe when I retire I will have a deck chair on the front at Frinton and the great man could be there too. As I’m considerably older than Arsene I probably won’t know who he is.

    Congrats Rocky 7 was it a boy or girl and does it look like its father? Let me know and If you buy the wool I will knit you something. Ahhhsene Knows

  • I wonder if Dennis might not be a long term replacement for The Boss. In about five-six years his younger kids will be a bit older… he’ll have gotten bored of retirement… He could come join Arsene’s staff for a year or two and then when The Boss wants to head upstairs and to scouting, DB can take over. I could think of much worse scenarios!

  • Just because he was a fantastic player it doesn’t mean he’d be the same as manager. In fact, top players quite often make awful managers (Robson, Gullit, Hoddle, Dowie hahaha) to name but 3.

  • i hope he stays on for the next ten years, and even beyond, forget football, dun even think about arsenal for a second, my life will not be the same without having him at our great club. hope he’ll be at our club till he is alive..

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