FA chief executive Martin Glenn speaks about Arsene Wenger becoming England manager

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So, here we are again. Who should be the next England manager?

It’s the question all football fans are asking and the man who needs to provide the answer is FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

Glenn must be regretting appointing Sam Allardyce just two months ago after he was caught up in an undercover sting by the Telegraph after just one match in charge.

Glenn has given himself plenty of time to make the right decision with Gareth Southgate being handed the next four matches for the Three Lions, which will end in the middle of November.

The chief executive knows he needs to find the perfect man for the job after the previous shenanigans and it appears he has already found him.

That’s because he believes current Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be the ideal man to take England forward.

Glenn's perfect man

“He’d fit the criteria perfectly. Of course he would, as would a few others,” Glenn said.

He added that the FA will look for an experienced manager, saying: “I don’t think you have to be wedded to the fact he has to be English, I think that narrows the field too much and we want the best person for the job.

“Being English is a benefit — a bonus. But if we are saying he absolutely has to be English, then we narrow the field too much.

“If you look at the track record of success in international managers, they are usually older. They have had experience in the game and the average age of a successful manager is probably in their 60s. It’s a fact — but it doesn’t have to be an overriding one.”

There’s just one problem with appointing Wenger - he’s under contract at Arsenal until the summer. Also, reports have suggested that the Frenchman is close to signing a new deal at the Emirates.

Wenger's thoughts

However, Wenger - who is celebrating 20 years at Arsenal this week - certainly didn’t rule out the prospect of managing England in the future when asked about the vacant role.

“My priority is to do well here (at Arsenal). It has always been my club ... and one day if I am free, why not? For now I am focused on the job,” he said.

One thing is for sure, the FA clearly like the idea of Wenger being the next England manager but Arsenal also like the idea of him remaining at the club. Looks like it’s Wenger’s decision then; Arsenal or England?

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