Reports this morning say that Arsene Wenger rebuffed an approach from the FA to become the new England manager.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is expected to be named the new boss of the national side later today, but The Telegraph say that the Frenchman was approached by the Football Association’s three-man panel of technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill about the job.
Wenger refused, citing the fact he has a contract with Arsenal until the end of June 2017. It was always going to be thus, however. Speaking earlier this month, the 66 year old played down his interest in the position, saying, “I am happy and focused in club football.
“I have one more year to go with Arsenal and I have been with them for a long time. I have always respected all my contracts and will continue to do that. What will I do after that? Honestly, I don’t know.”
In terms of style, there are obviously clear differences between Wenger and Allardyce, but having been rebuffed the FA had make a decision and went with what they considered to be the best English candidate for the job.
Bon chance, England. Bon chance.