So, it’s official: Unai Emery has replaced Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
For weeks, it’s looked as though it would be former midfielder Mikel Arteta being named as Wenger’s successor.
However, reports broke on Monday evening that it was actually Emery that the club have turned to.
And, sure enough, on Wednesday morning it was officially confirmed that Emery is the next Arsenal manager.
Or is he?
That’s because when the club’s official Twitter account confirmed Emery would be taking over from Wenger, they named him as the ‘Head Coach.’
“Unai Emery is our new head coach - find out all about it here #WelcomeUnai,” they wrote.
HEAD COACH AND NOT MANAGER?
And it’s something that the Arsenal fans noticed straight away:
Head coach. Manager.
Well, not quite.
There’s actually a big difference between a ‘Manager’ and a ‘Head Coach.’
POCHETTINO EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENCE...
And that difference has been perfectly explained by Tottenham ‘Manager’ Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine went from Spurs’ ‘Head Coach’ to their ‘Manager’ back in 2016 - and he revealed what it meant for him.
“It’s true that ‘manager’ is a word that means different things than head coach. Maybe I was always manager, from the first day I arrived here, and maybe it describes my job better,” Pochettino said.
“I think you know the head coach only manages the team, and only you are the coach - but when you are the manager you care for different things, not only the team.
“I think from the first day I always felt I was manager. Now we’ve changed the word but my work continues to be the same.”
So, according to Pochettino, he’s suggesting that the ‘Manager’ does more around the club, whereas the ‘Head Coach’ focuses on the team.
This could explain why they didn’t appoint Arteta in the end.
It’s believed the Spaniard wanted more control at the club when it comes to transfers etc. and perhaps Emery was more willing to be the ‘Head Coach.’
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