Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken an indirect swipe at Sir Alex Ferguson after intimating that the Manchester United legend's famous hair dryer treatment is outdated, and that he's been forced to refine his management style over the years in keeping with a changing society.
The Gunners tactician insists that screaming at players in the same way that the former Red Devils coach became renowned for no longer works, adding that modern managers must take a far more considered approach in order to be successful.
Ferguson only retired in 2013 but Wenger suggests the football workplace has even changed slightly since then, with professionals increasingly sensitive and more inquisitive when it comes to taking orders, be it on the training ground or more generally with regards to club code of conduct.
Arsene Wenger quote:
"I believe that the modern generation is characterised in particular by the 'why?'" Wenger is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"You have to explain things to the people you manage - people are better informed, better educated and want to know more.
"You are in a position where you have to explain why you do something and what the purpose of it all is - and there are more demands made communication-wise.
"You are still the boss, and it is you who makes the decisions, but you have to explain things much better than you did 20 or 30 years ago.
"Modern society wants less pain, wants to suffer less and wants to be treated better in every aspect of modern life."
Wenger is well placed to comment on such changes having been Arsenal head coach for more than 18 years, by far the longest serving manager in the Premier League after Ferguson's retirement.
The 64-year-old Frenchman signed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium earlier this year that will keep him in north London until 2017, by which point it's anticipated he will call time on his career and follow his old foe into retirement.
When Wenger does finally leave it will represent the end of a largely successful era for the Gunners, who should think carefully about what they wish for regarding his departure, having seen the difficulties endured by their rivals Manchester United in the post-Ferguson era.
Life after Fergie...
David Moyes was appointed as successor to the imposing Scot, but his ill-fated spell at Old Trafford lasted just ten months before he was sacked.
Louis van Gaal came in to replace Moyes over the summer, however his tenure hasn't started very well either, with just one win from Manchester United's opening six games in all competitions this season.
"Pain has to disappear, whether you go to the dentist or go to work," Wenger concluded whilst sharing his words of wisdom.
"That's why man-management has become more sensitive as well, because you have to treat people better and in a more tactful way. It is the way in which society has moved."
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