Arsene Wenger hits out at Todd Boehly and tells next Chelsea manager to include his special Arsenal clause in contract | The Sun
ARSENE WENGER has hit out at Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after the American's dressing room visit.
Following the Blues' 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday, Boehly laid into at his "embarrassing" team in an hour-long rant after caretaker boss Frank Lampard had already spoken to them.
One player labelled the situation as "weird" – and former Arsenal manager Wenger has admitted that he would not have been happy with his owner doing that during his time as a boss.
And the Frenchman even revealed he always had a special clause put in his Gunners contracts to avoid such situations, and recommended future Chelsea bosses do the same.
Asked if he would put up with Boehly's antics while appearing as a pundit on beIN Sports, Wenger said: "No, I wouldn’t, that was always clear in my mind.
"I always put that in my contract.
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"The advice I give to young coaches when they make contracts, I say make what is important for you, put that clearly in your contract that you are the only one.
"Nobody can buy a player without your agreement, nobody can interfere with the team, and you are solely responsible for managing the team.
"After that you stand in a different way because usually when a club wants you, you are in a strong position.
"Once you’ve lost three games and you want to put that in a contract it’s already more difficult."
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Wenger, 73, was unimpressed when it was suggested that Boehly's message could be perceived as inspirational.
He said: "Well, again, the comeback… I don’t believe in these kind of things because if I’m paid to motivate the team, to manage the team, I do not want somebody else to do my job.
"It happened many times where the president goes into the dressing room and doesn’t talk well at all, but the team wins because it’s a good team, he thinks after it’s because he spoke to them.
"It’s not always a consequence of their speech, most of the time it’s the quality of the team."
Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League last night after losing 2-0 to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge, sealing a 4-0 aggregate KO.
He again visited the dressing room after the defeat.
The Blues are now out of all cups and sitting 11th in the Prem.
On where things have gone wrong under Boehly's ownership thus far, Wenger concluded: "I would say I’m worried for Chelsea.
"I agree that the new president comes in and invests a lot of money.
But if you don’t invest well the £500m, then you have a real problem for the future
"I prefer somebody invests £500m but over five years £100m, because you can really change the team.
"But if you don’t invest well the £500m, then you have a real problem for the future.
"They haven’t invested well, no. That is basically their problem today, they still have the same weaknesses they had before, they do not score enough goals, they have a lot of possession but not a lot of conversion of chances to score goals.
"We have another example tonight, they brought Joao Felix in December and in the most important game of their season [vs Real Madrid] they take him off because he doesn’t score goals as well.
"I believe as well when you sign players for eight years it’s good for the Financial Fair Play because you can amortise the transfer over eight years.
"But if the player is not right you have to pay the player for eight years, it’s a huge burden for the future, it’s a massive risk."
Chelsea have held talks with Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann in their managerial hunt.
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Tottenham could look to hijack their move for the former, however, with the Telegraph claiming that the North Londoners want to meet with the former Barcelona manager.
The Blues have also spoken to highly-rated Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim.
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