By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is a “complete enemy” of the instability caused by managerial sackings.
Roy Keane is the latest boss to be shown the door, leaving Ipswich Town 20 months after taking charge and a matter of days before the Tractor Boys host Arsenal in the Carling Cup Semi-Finals.
The former Manchester United star is English football’s 12th managerial casualty in a little over a month and a number of others are reportedly under severe pressure.
Wenger has been in his job since 1996 and believes that stability – not chopping and changing - is the key to any club’s success.
“I am disappointed to see that [Keane’s departure] because it looks that when you open the papers every day a new manager is sacked,” said the Frenchman. “I am a complete enemy of that.
“We know that to have success in football you need stability, and without that the club is going in a different direction every six months and it finishes always with financial disaster without proving anywhere that changing manager provides success more than one time in ten. That means nine times it gets worse.
“When you choose a manager, you need to give him the time it takes to turn things around. On the other hand, I do not want to deny that we have an important position and we are responsible for the result.
“The most important person at the club is the manager but you have to give people time. When Roy Hodgson arrived [at Liverpool] in the summer and Gerard Houllier later [at Aston Villa], straight away after a few games people question the ability of people who have proven their competence.
“I am a great believer of technical stability in the club.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Jan 2011