By Chris Harris

Football managers are under even more pressure these days because of changes to club ownership, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal boss knows all about the stresses and strains of his profession and he identifies recent results and club status as the usual sources of pressure.

But Wenger thinks the increasing number of high-profile takeovers have made life even more difficult for the men in charge of the team.

The Frenchman will be up against West Ham boss Avram Grant on Saturday, a man whose job is reportedly on the line. Wenger puts that partly down to the arrival of David Gold and David Sullivan, who took control of the Hammers last year.

“As a manager today you have short-term results and, if you have lost the last two or three games, that immediately puts pressure on the manager,” reflected Wenger.

“Then you have the problem of whether the club is in a position where it is expected to be. For example, Liverpool expects to be higher up.

“When the recent results and the situation in the club are both not working together, are both negative, it usually puts people who are responsible under pressure.

“But there is also a third thing which is completely new in England, and that is the change in ownership.

“If you are not necessarily the manager who has been chosen by the new owner, you can as well sometimes be under pressure because you are not necessarily his choice.”

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14 Jan 2011