Ian Wright names the ideal replacement for Arsene Wenger

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Sean Dyche should be considered a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates but knows the club will definitely not consider him an option.

Dyche has performed magic at Burnley since taking over the management at Turf Moor in 2012, leading the team back to the Premier League and consolidating their place there, avoiding relegation last season.

The 46-year-old has been impressive even at the early stages of this season, as the Lancashire club currently occupy the seventh place after yet another powerful display in an away game during the weekend, smashing Ronald Koeman’s Everton  1-0. Burnley are just one place behind Arsenal.

Wenger signed a new two-year deal at Arsenal in the summer amid protest from the fans and Wright insists Dyche has shown he has the capabilities to coach a top club.

However, he does not think the English man will be afforded the opportunity to do so at the North London club when the Frenchman’s two-year deal expires, despite being qualified to take the job.


‘I believe he (Dyche) is somebody that needs to go, at some stage, to the next level,’ Wright told BBC 5 Live.

Asked if he would want the Burnley boss as the man to replace Wenger, Wright replied: ‘Yeah. The fact is, would they give Sean Dyche that job?

‘In respect to how his team sets up when they’re defending, he’s obviously got acumen – but will he get a job like that? I don’t think he will.’

Dyche led his side Burnley to another astounding victory against Everton. Wright does believe that the former Chesterfield and Watford defender would be presented with top positions in the game, including the national team hot seat.

But the Premier League winner put that down to a slim list of candidates for the FA to select from to take over from current boss Gareth Southgate.

‘They’ll probably start touting him for the England job,’ Wright added.

‘We’re so bereft of any manager that’s good enough, that can take on the England job. If he carries on like he is he’ll probably be pushed into that role.’


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