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John, I don't mean to throw a spanner in the works but question 5 seems very leading.
The underlying assumption is that Wenger is a great manager. I'm not sure that is a given, especially in light of what's happened this year. He is a great coach though, I don't think anyone can argue against that.
That's a fair point well made DOW.
I think Paul has answered it very well. (apologies, have been out at footie training with my son hence not responding earlier)
I think a lot of us have been frustrated at the time it took AW to appoint/agree to bring someone in to replace Dein, who did a lot of important stuff that AW took on. Some of which he maybe didn't have all the requisite skills to acheive AND still effectively run one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
This could have had a bearing on our success or lack thereof, in the last few seasons.
Cheers for the input though.
That is a great point actually, and one that has been debated on these boards as well at a few times in the past. It depends how you classify "coach" and "manager". I suppose you are saying that AW isnt "great" due to squad building and the ability to identify team needs and do whatever it takes to fill those needs.
Difficult one. I still dont know of too many coaches/managers who could do better without running up debt, and one of AW's major focuses has been on building sustainably, without going into debt. Did he get caught out last summer with the departures of Flamini and Hleb? Yeah, probably. But every manager has made mistakes (Rafa paying 18m for Keane is a nice example).
Three Championships is hard to argue with however. That alone should put him into the "great" manager stratosphere.
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Paul, it's basically what you said but I would argue that it was his superb coaching ability that brought you the success in the past, not his squad management or man management? Right players not brought in at the right time and other players released at the wrong time (just because they wanted to leave). Sounds like shoddy forward planning to me!
Yes Rafa has his faults (eg man management and dud buys) but he also has his strengths (how win a cup and tactics). If somehow you could fuse the two together, you would have one heck of a manager.