Allardyce outlines what he would do if given Arsenal job

Date published: Monday 16th December 2019 11:46

Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he would love to manage Arsenal but reckons it would unlikely that he would ever be in the running.

Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has led the Gunners to just one victory in his five games in charge with their latest disappointing result coming in a 3-0 loss at home to Manchester City.

A number of managers have been linked with the vacant job at the Emirates Stadium but the Arsenal hierarchy seem no closer to appointing a new permanent successor to Unai Emery.

“Would I take Arsenal? Of course you’d take Arsenal,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “I’m a man who’d take Arsenal.

“But I’m never going to be in the frame, don’t worry about that. I just think that what they’re looking for they need to be very quick about. They need to be very precise in what they need to do.

“I don’t think I’m very fashionable for Arsenal, that’s the problem.

“Some of the way it’s been portrayed of me as a manager, it wouldn’t be associated with Arsenal as a football club of how or what style I’ve tred to play like.

“I’ve tried to be pragmatic in what I do and what style I play. I’ve always picked a style to suit the players.

“I know there’s a reputation at a football club of how you should play but realistically when you go into a club that’s struggling it’s about the capabilities of the players you’ve got to find and how you play to those capabilities.

“When you get results you ask them to do more and then you improve the team by buying a better player than you’ve already got and then it all gets better and the flair and excitement increases from then on.

“No one will be enjoying going in at Arsenal at the moment. When you go in there as a manager and you’re asked to face… it’s really crisis management at this time of the year when you’re asked to step in, it’s crisis management.

“You have to start making the players believe in themselves again, it’s not about so much what you are as a coach it’s about what you are as a man manager, actually extracting the best out of the players again and breeding some confidence.”


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