Legendary former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams says that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is not a coach. The ex-towering centre-back also revealed that he was frustrated on four attempts when he tried to come back that the North London club.
Adams further asserts that Wenger doesn’t not like big character and personalities around, especially one’s with history at the club—something that Patrick Vieira once suggested and most recently Ian Wright.
“Looking back, I believe there were a couple of major reasons why Arsene didn’t want me back at Arsenal. First, the club had put up a statue of me outside the Emirates and — given the career I’d had — it might have been difficult for Arsene to bring me in at that time,” Tony Adams writes via The Sun.
The England international argues that the Frenchman preferred an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, who were not going to ruffle feathers and feared that he would be too challenging for him.
Arsene is so dominant that he was probably not going to like it if I said, “We’re conceding bad goals, I’m going to take the back four today and organise them.”
“Because Arsene is essentially not a coach — and that is the second reason why I believe he didn’t want me. Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn’t Arsene’s strong point,” he adds.
“Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. And though I modified that in the final article, it didn’t go down well.”
I first tried to go back in early 2012, when I heard Pat Rice was retiring as Arsene’s assistant. However, Wenger seems to have frustrated the move before appointing Steve Bold to be his assistant as Adams states in his exclusive with The Sun.