Arsene Wenger one of last England managers with power - Pochettino

Arsene Wenger one of last England managers with power - Pochettino
From ESPN - February 9, 2018

LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino said Arsene Wenger is the last of a dying breed of old-school managers as English football moves towards a European model.

In more than 21 years at Arsenal, Tottenham's opponent on Saturday, Wenger has established near-total control of all aspects of the club. The longest-serving manager in English football signed a new two-year contract last summer, although his power has begun to weaken as of late.

By contrast, Pochettino's influence has grown since he joined Spurs in May 2014 -- with his title switching from head coach to manager two years later -- but he has said he will never be at leisure to decide when he leaves the club, unlike Wenger or former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pochettino believes English football's move away from the values that made it a "paradise" has weakened managers' positions, although club chairman Daniel Levy has been one of the biggest advocates of a European model.

"It's difficult [to be like Wenger]," Pochettino said ahead of the north London derby. "For different reasons, it is tough. Maybe we are talking about one of the last managers to be able to apply this power over everything in a football club.

"The owners are different these days. Before, England was a little bit of a paradise for football. It was unique: there was respect for projects, for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.

"But now the owners are different. When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more. And in the last few years, everything that has happened in the English game is similar to what would happen in another European country."

Spurs lost 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November but Pochettino is yet to lose a league derby to Wenger at home and he is hoping to extend that record at Wembley this weekend.


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