After watching the FA’s recent video to promote their ‘Respect’ campaign, an admirable and beneficial thing (watch it below), I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the fan-manager relationship and how most Premier League bosses simply aren’t getting the kudos they deserve.
Take Arsene Wenger, for instance, who must surely be the Premier League’s most put upon man, despite being one of the greatest managers of all time.
The flack that the Frenchman has had to put up with this summer has been flabbergasting. There are war criminals who have had it easier than him.
And what’s his crime? Failing to make signings in a timely manner.
Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with Arsenal’s approach to making signings this summer, I do digress to Arsene Wenger’s know-how and experience in the transfer window.
This isn’t Arsene Wenger’s first rodeo. He knows as well as anybody that the Gunner’s squad is a little too light and that new additions need to be had. The fact that they’re coming in so late isn’t due to laziness on the part of Arsenal’s top brass. It’s because the market has more or less been in stasis until players like Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez resolve their future.
I’m sure there’s also a desire on Arsene’s point to try and get the best deal possible. I can’t really criticise him for that.
Arsene Wenger has won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup four times. His current dry spell doesn’t change the fact that he knows what’s he’s doing. A bit of perspective is needed.
Surely it’s time to start showing the man a bit of respect? Do we really have to break out a gigantic robot? Check out the video below and let me know what you think.
For more information about the Respect programme visit www.TheFA.com/Respect