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Football news - Qatar want Arsene Wenger as manager, but is he ready to return?

Qatar want Wenger as manager, but is he ready to return?
By Eurosport

09/01/2019 at 21:49Updated 09/01/2019 at 22:45

World Cup hosts Qatar have been linked with a move to land former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as their new head coach.

Qatar have apparently already tried unsuccessfully to land former Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim as their manager, as he opted for another lucrative move to China.

Paris Saint-Germain are owned by Qatar's ruling family, and Wenger has been constantly linked with the role of sports director at the French champions.

Qatar are keen to produce a team that will be competitive on home soil, and can pay to attract the best talent to help their achieve their goal.

Wenger already knows the country well due to his work there as a TV pundit, and has stated his interest in managing a national side.


Whether or not Wenger, 69, is ready to return to the technical area is unknown, but money talks in football and a short-term move to the Gulf would seem like a plausible option.

Not burdened by any real pressure, the French coach would pick up a heavy salary while perhaps studying a return to the club game whenever the right job becomes available.

Plenty of other celebrated coaches down through the years, including former England manager Don Revie and Roy Hodgson, have moved to the Gulf, tempted by the riches on offer to top up their respective pensions.

Wenger would be following a fashion if he moves to Qatar. He would also gain his first experience of international football without the expectation of a pressurised job in Europe.

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In such a respect, it would be difficult to envisage him committing for three years to the finals if a better job becomes available.

Yet Wenger becoming Qatar coach would be much less of a shock than the small Emirate winning the vote to stage its much-maligned World Cup.