Will Arsenal bend to fan power and sack manager Arsene Wenger? Only time will tell…
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might have seen his team return to form in the Champions League on Tuesday, but their Premier League form is far from reassuring – with last weekend’s shock 3-2 defeat at Stoke emphasising their issues.
Wenger was jeered as he boarded a train following on the loss, according to reports on BBC Sport. And guilty Arsenal fans will point toward a Premier League table that has them 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea in sixth place.
“We have to cope with that criticism,” responded Wenger. “I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way. You cannot always look for excuses. We are down. Everyone feels it.”
Wenger is far and away the longest serving manager in the Premier League, having been with Arsenal since 1996. But having delivered just one trophy in nine years, the pressure on the Frenchman to deliver is intense.
Will he survive the barrage of abuse from fans? Or will the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade get their way. Here are ten managers that have faced a battle with their own supporters: some managed to turn things around, others did not.
David Moyes (Manchester United) – SACKED!
Being the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be an impossible task. The former Everton boss was well liked when he arrived at Old Trafford, and it was hoped he would continue their success. But after 15 defeats in 51 games and one very infamous plane, he was sacked in April of this year.