By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will not become the new England manager but, if asked, he would help the FA find the right man.
 
Speaking to Arsenal.com on Thursday, the Frenchman ruled himself out of the race to succeed Steve McClaren. The 58-year-old believes that an Englishman should manage the England team.
 
But, if asked, Wenger would give them his opinion on the right man to take the reins.
 
"I am always happy to help if I can," he told Arsenal.com. "I am not sure I am really gifted for that but if they want to know my opinion  - and it is a confidential one - then I am always happy."
 
Undoubtedly Wenger would be a popular choice to take the job with public and press alike if he were interested. But, in September, he signed a new contract that ties him to Arsenal until 2011 and he believes the new appointment should be indigenous.
 
"If I was English then of course [I'd be interested]," he said. "But I am not so it is a 'no'. That is in line with what I have always said. In my opinion, the England manager should be English."

Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 23 Nov 2007