It is widely expected that Arsenal‘s loyal servant Pat Rice will retire from his role as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager come the end of the 2010/11 campaign, after 15 years as the Frenchman’s right hand man. The two have often represented a cute old married couple that are so in sync with one another that you could easily imagine them finishing each other’s sentences, but sadly, like all good things, they appear to be coming to an end; is there another soul mate out their for Wenger?
A hugely experienced assistant manger with Millwall, England U21 and Chelsea and is respected within the world of football. Wilkins may not be a popular choice with the fans due to his Chelsea connections, but the former Manchester United player has undeniable quality working with the players and fellow staff members. Another sticking point, if Arsenal were to hire Wilkins, is Wenger’s reluctance to bring someone on board whose ‘blood doesn’t run Arsenal.’
He is currently assistant manager to Roberto Mancini at the Manchester City ‘revolution’. Platt’s premature career in management unfortunately lacks positives and has been marred by fan disapproval wherever he has gone, with Nottingham Forest blaming the former England international for their eventual fall into the third tier of the English leagues, and his current employers fan base disapproving of his appointment due to his perceived anti-City stance as a pundit. Despite all this, Platt would be adored by the Gunners faithful and without a doubt, with someone like Wenger as a mentor, Platt would progress in leaps and bounds to one day perhaps take over the reigns at the Emirates.
Has had rather unsuccessful stints as a manager, overseeing Wycombe Wanderers relegation to League Two and then being sacked as Portsmouth manager after only sixteen games, which resulted in only ten points being picked up by Pompey. However, Adams has had various roles up and down the management hierarchy, reserve team manager at Feyenoord and first team trainee coach at Utrecht; no doubt these jobs will have provided great experience for ‘Mr Arsenal’ should he take up the role as Wenger’s assistant manager.
Current manager of Arsenal’s U18 youth side, a team that has won two successive titles as well as the ‘double’ last season. Bould’s appointment is the most convenient one as the former Arsenal defender would have been working closely with Wenger within the management set-up already.
This blood does indeed run Arsenal, and with a wealth of experience after having successfully led Arsenal to back-to-back Premier League titles as well as a Champions League victory (on Football Manager), it is surely only a matter of time before Arsene picks up the phone and gives me the call. But if you’re reading, Arsene, I don’t come cheap.
Who do you think should be Pat Rice’s replacement?
Danel Blazer writes regularly for Football FaCast.com
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