As an Arsenal supporter from the land down under, I thought I would consider an Australian coach to fix the Arsenal malaise and return us to title glory.
So I have 2 applicants for you all to consider.
One is already at Arsenal and the other is in Japan (remember that place where Arsene was plying his trade).
Arsenal Womens team were struggling, they used to be the best in the land but were in a barren patch with no titles or trophies for many years (sound familiar), so Arsenal scoured the world for a new coach and settled on Aussie Joe Montemurro. Success quickly followed and continues to this day. Joe has successfully coached mens teams in the past and he now has much more experience so maybe its time to transition that success from Arsenal Womens across to the Arsenal Mens team.
And then we have Ange Postecoglou, fresh from winning the J League title, something not even Arsene could achieve. As for Yokohama F Marinos, it was the teams first title in 15 years (again similar to us).
From Fox Sports –
The manner in which he’s turned the Marinos side from mid-table battlers into champions, playing attacking, expansive football, has sparked rumours he could take his talents to Europe.
Postecoglou’s tremendous accomplishment is merely the latest in a long line of accomplishments.
As a player, he won the NSL – a competition he then won twice as a coach.
Then there’s his two A-League championships, and a record-breaking run with Brisbane Roar that saw them go 36 games undefeated in 2011, breaking a 74-year-old record for Australian national club competitions (previously held by rugby league’s Eastern Suburbs).
He then took over the Socceroos, guiding them to 2015 Asian Cup glory and ensuring they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Both coaches are from European heritage and have suffered and been forged in the fires of diversity that continues to besiege Australian Football/Soccer. And even though the odds seem always against them, they seem to easily able to assert their own identity and attacking playing style onto the teams they coach and more importantly they get the results and the titles.
So maybe its time that Arsenal had an Australian revolution and appointed their first ever Aussie coach. The J League has just had the very first Australian coach winning the title and maybe the EPL is now due for an Australian title winning coach. What are your thoughts?
VP from OZ