Ian Wright says Arsene Wenger shouldn't become England manager

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So the English Football Association are back on the lookout for a new national team manager.

Sam Allardyce was forced to step down from the position after just one game in charge following an undercover sting by the Telegraph, which revealed the England boss discussing ways to bend rules regarding transfers.

Gareth Southgate has taken the role on a temporary basis for the next four games while the FA choose Allardyce's long-term successor.

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The bookies have already started evaluating some of the leading contenders which include a certain Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal boss was briefly linked with the job before Allardyce was appointed so as you would expect, the speculation has been given fresh life in the last few days.

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However, one of Wenger's former players doesn't think the Frenchman should be given the role.

Ian Wright, now a pundit usually seen on the BBC or BT, doesn't want to see his old boss come under even more criticism in the England hot seat.

When asked about the likelihood of Wenger getting the job, Wright cast doubt on the appointment.

"I think they are very slim. I'm not sure the England job is something that Arsene Wenger at this stage of his career would be looking at," Wright told BT.


"Even if that was the case, why England? Why not France or something like that?

"I wouldn't want to see Arsene Wenger get it because I wouldn't want to see the stick he would get if it didn't go right for him.

"He's taking enough stick at the moment so I wouldn't want to see him get the England job and it not go quite right."

Despite ruling himself out of the reckoning after Roy Hodgson left in the summer, Southgate remains one of the main frontrunners to be appointed.

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Ex-Hull boss Steve Bruce is also believed to be in with a chance but given the FA were so keen to employ an Englishman last time around, they do not appear to have too many willing volunteers.

That could give Wenger a slight boost but it may ultimately boil down to whether Arsenal's long-serving coach would actually be inclined to become the manager of England.

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Ian Wright
England Football
Premier League
Arsene Wenger
Gareth Southgate
Sam Allardyce

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