The two best managers ever in the Premier League, Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, are standing firmly behind the recently resigned English managers Kevin Keegan of Newcastle and Alan Curbishley of West Ham.
Both managers resigned recently when they realized they were not in charge of which players would be coming into the clubs.
At a League Managers’ Association dinner, Ferguson told Sky Sports News:
“I admire Kevin Keegan and I admire Alan Curbishley because they went on a matter of principle and the principle being – I am not in control of my team any longer.”“Players were being sold over their heads without even acknowledging them. That is not acceptable.”
“It is not why you set out to be a manager .. on the whims of a chairman.” “Also, when they change the goalposts – all of a sudden they say “well, I’m sorry, we need to sell these players”.
“Yes, there are financial constraints we are all aware of that but when you change halfway through from the start of the season…and the manager is subjected to these problems, it’s no longer the same job.”
“And so therefore they walk because it’s a matter of principle and I totally agree with it.”
Ferguson may be the best manager ever at any football club, given his phenomenal record of achievement, so what he says bears some considerable weight, unlike Mike Ashley, who has never been in football management, and it shows.
Arsenal manager Wenger concurred, and added:
“You don’t even know any more – are you responsible for success or for failure and that is terrible.”
Since Ashley wanted to copy the Arsenal model of bringing in youngsters, you would have thought he would also have copied their management structure, in which Wenger has complete say in who comes and who goes.
But sorry, there I go being logical again.