Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson doubts that Arsene Wenger will last eight more years as Arsenal boss despite his FA Cup success last season.
Arsene Wenger committed to a three-year contract after bringing Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought to an end with the cup triumph last season. If Wenger, who turns 65 today, can remain in charge at the Emirates Stadium for eight more years, he will equal Ferguson's record of being in charge of a single club for 26 continuous years.
Ferguson says he doubts his former rival can stay in the game that long and believes his record will remain intact for some time. However, he did admit that Wenger deserves a lot of credit for what he has done at Arsenal regardless of how he departs.
"Who is to say that Arsene will not beat my record? I have my doubts, but he’s having a good crack at it" - Alex Ferguson
In a new updated version of My Autobiography, Ferguson wrote: "The model I represented has passed into history. You won’t see anyone manage one club for 26 years.
"I must say, though, that Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal deserves a special mention.
"Who is to say that Arsene will not beat my record? I have my doubts, but he’s having a good crack at it."
While Ferguson and Wenger rarely entertained one another during a bitter rivalry, they appear a lot more respectful now Ferguson has left his post at Old Trafford. Continuing, that theme, Ferguson said he was happy to see Wenger win the FA Cup last season.
The Frenchman was under huge pressure to bring a nine-year trophy drought to an end with a number of informed journalists believing he would have left had Arsenal not beaten Hull City in the final.
Ferguson says that despite the fact Wenger beat one of his former players in Steve Bruce to the FA Cup, he was still happy to see the Frenchman lift some weight off his shoulders.
"Everyone was happy for him winning the FA Cup.
"I was hoping Steve Bruce would win it for Hull because he was one of my players; but you also had to have a special feeling for Arsene, given the pressure he was under for not winning a trophy for nine years."