Benitez And Conte Show Real Class As Managers And Men


At their press conferences the experienced managers such as Rafa Benitez and Antonio Conte are often asked about certain news stories going on in the media and what they think about them.

Yesterday in Rafa’s press conference for the game at home to Aston Villa on Monday night, he was asked about Arsene Wenger’s situation at Arsenal, after they were taken apart 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger in early October, 2013
Rafa was Napoli manager
Arsenal won 2-0


Wenger is coming under increasing criticism from the Gunners fans as they seems to be out of the league title chase and now almost out of Europe, although they play at Sutton United in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Monday.

This is what  Benitez said in his press conference as seen on nufcTV yesterday when asked about Wenger:

“It is difficult for me because I know Arsene Wenger really well.”

“I think he’s a great manager and a great person. He’s given a lot of things to English football.”

“When they criticize a manager who has lost, as a fellow manager you always have sympathy.”

“We are still talking about a great manager.”  “He will do well because he has the experience to do it.”

And Arsene himself has given his press conference for Monday’s game at Sutton and he was asked about his future.

This is what the Arsenal manager said, as reported in the Chronicle:

“No matter what happens I will manage for another season. Whether it’s here or somewhere else, that is for sure.”

“If I said March or April it is because I didn’t know.” “I do not want to come back on that.”

“I am used to the criticism. I think in life it’s important to do what you think is right and all the rest is judgement.”

“I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I have to behave with my values.”

Chelsea’s impressive manager Antonio Conte also showed some real class yesterday and said Arsene was still one of the world’s best managers – and that had great respect for him as both a manager and a man – not unlike Rafa’s comments.

This is what the Italian said yesterday:

“I have great respect for Arsene Wenger as a manager and a man,”

“He has done and is doing a good job with Arsenal over the past 20 years.”

“When you are the coach of a great team, you are under pressure at all times.”

“Arsene Wenger is a great manager, one of the best in the world.”

To have a record like Wenger has at Arsenal and be criticized the way he has been seems unfair.

But that’s the way is it these days, but in decades to come people will look back on Wenger as one of Arsenal’s greatest ever managers along with the likes of the great Herbert Chapman.

What he has done for Arsenal over the last 20 years will definitely get the credit the Frenchman’s work deserves.

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5 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Feb 18, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed
    I have been off the blog a few days and just noticed your update. I have no doubt you will have all the support you need but you also have a few thousand of us backing you.

    All the best mate and a speedy recovery

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Feb 18, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Ask a true fan not a fan what the meaning of always supporting your club means?

    Arsenal fans are a pathetic group they could win the league and still moan,true fans though will always remember and respect Wenger as what he has done at the club much like us we will always support our club but these days it’s mostly plastic fans that enjoy spoiling football!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Feb 18, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #3

    An old friend asked once on how Newcastle had such massive support from fans and how we are always amongst the top fans in the world?

    And I remember replying it’s because teams like Arsenal,Spurs,Chelsea,Man United,Man City,Liverpool have so many plastic fans that they think to support a team who have huge success is worthy to be a true.

    I also said that if the top teams didn’t have the achievements and the money they have now their fan base would be much lower and they would actually support their own local team.

    When the sheikh took over Man City with all that money their fan base had peaked by 35% in that 1 year? Plastic fans or Man United fans switching? I say both!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Nezza,
    I think they do appreciate what he’s done but surely it’s time for him to move on, they want to win the league again and he obviously can’t deliver.

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    And up pipes a Toon plastic fan to back his plastic Gooner buddies.

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