Wenger sceptical of part-time national team managers

Arsene Wenger has voiced his scepticism over the roles of part-time managers for national sides, though suggesting that it is not impossible for them to be successful.

The Arsenal boss has criticised the national governing bodies of countries like Ivory Coast, who bought in Sven-Goran Eriksson for the 2010 World Cup, for bringing in personnel for a single tournament.

Wenger feels that such arrangements are far from ideal and that federations should look to hire managers to build a side over a period of time instead of having to manage a selection of players they hardly know.

“I don’t say that it can’t work, but I don’t think it should be the policy of a federation just to get a manager for three or four weeks,” Wenger said to the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“That’s not how you build a team or get continuity. That’s not to say it won’t work every now and then.”

These comments come in the wake of rumours claiming that Harry Redknapp could be bought in on a temporary basis to manage England in Euro 2012 and then return to Tottenham next season.

The Spurs boss is, however, 4/11 with Paddy Power to get the national job permanently.


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