Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he desperately tries to avoid using the ‘hairdryer’ treatment when he can, as he fears it’s more likely to have a detrimental impact on players.
The Gunners manager has held stewardship in the Arsenal dugout for the best part of two decades despite his side having not won the Premier League for ten years, and he’s managed to maintain a respectful position in football throughout his entire managerial career.
And yet Wenger is at the opposite end of the scale from arguably the greatest nemesis he has had in England, Sir Alex Ferguson, as he doesn’t agree with berating players after they’ve failed to impress.
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The recently retired Manchester United legend became infamous for his post-match outbursts when his stars hadn’t turned up in a game, though Wenger has insisted that he opts for a very different method of getting his point across.
“I don’t like to shout at players after a game because you can do too much damage after the match. It is true that sometimes it is very tempting though," Wenger said, according to the Daily Mirror.
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“But sometimes I’ve gone overboard after games, so most of the time I really try to control myself because I go red in the face and think to myself: ‘The damage is big, don’t do more.’
“Sometimes you can say to an individual player: ‘It’s your fault that we conceded a goal on a cross.’ But then later you look at the time and it turns out it was not his fault at all.
“Then as a manager after that you have to say to the player: ‘Sorry I was wrong’. It’s better when you say something that you are sure about it.”
Good Arsenal form
Of course if anyone can speak from experience it’s Wenger, who has engineered a masterful second half of the season for his Arsenal side after their sluggish start to this campaign. As has become a staple of the Gunners recent years, for the most part of the first half of the term it looked as though they would fall short of the Champions League places.
Yet a turnaround since January has seen them win 16 games out of a possible 19, and they look good value for another appearance in the FA Cup final virtue of the fact that they are facing Reading in the semis.
Wenger would have been excused for whipping out the hairdryer treatment following the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16 against AS Monaco - they lost 3-1 at home - but they then rallied to stop just short of qualification after winning 2-0 in the second encounter.
Nevertheless fans are far more frequently looking towards the clock which is ticking towards the end of Wenger’s career, and at the age of 65 it might not be too much longer before the Frenchman hangs up his managerial jacket for good.
When he does Arsenal will be keen to replace him with a coach of similar distinction, though they are few and far between, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti sure to be high on the list.
Arsenal fans, do you agree with Wenger’s style of management? Or do you believe Sir Alex Ferguson’s fabled treatment was more suitable for a Premier League side? Let us know in the comments box below...