Though there is always an intense rivalry between managers of top Premier League clubs, there is also a mutual respect. One example to demonstrate the same is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has now praised his Arsenal rival Arsene Wenger for sticking to his job. The Frenchman has come under a lot of pressure in recent times from the club’s supporters, after failing to sign a single outfield player in the summer transfer window.
Further, the fact that he has failed to win the Premier League title since 2004 has also made things worse and with the north London side’s recent performances in the Champions League.
Defending the Gunners’ boss, the former United manager told ESPN, “It’s just like me if I hadn’t progressed the club after the ’94 team or the ’99 team I would maybe having the same problems as Arsene, but he’s stayed with his conviction, he’s stayed with what he believes in.”
“When all the pressure – I’m thinking about the pressure I said to a few of my friends – who are they going to get to replace Arsene Wenger, you know, who are they going to get who is better than Arsene Wenger?”
“And that’s why they don’t do [sack him], that’s why they’ve stuck by him.”