Will Arsenal bend to fan power and sack manager Arsene Wenger? Only time will tell…
The pressure on under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continued to mount last weekend, when the Gunners suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Stoke, and the pressure was on for the North London giants to return to form in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Reports on BBC Sport confirm that Wenger was jeered when he boarded a train after Saturday’s loss, with his team now sixth in the Premier League table, 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
“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.