I would love Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars to be involved at Arsenal, but they are at Ajax, their boyhood club, doing their thing
Patrick Vieira should be at Arsenal, but he choose to be a highly paid youth coach at Manchester City.
Tony Adams really should be where Steve Bould is. Assistant manager. Heir apparent. But he has time and again shown himself as a poor coach. And recently turned down a job at Arsenal to work in China (for a lot of money)
I wish Thierry Henry was still coaching the youngsters, but he wanted to do a full time job part time so that it didn’t affect his Sky role (and the millions they pay him)
Ian Wright, Ray Parlour, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Martin Keown. All decided a warm studio is better than being on a training ground at 7am
Kanu would be a brilliant role model and mentor for young African players, but his time is taken up with his charity
Sol Campbell can’t decide whether he wants to be a football coach, London mayor, president of American or inter galactic space warrior. He claims he doesn’t get these jobs because he is black. The reality is he is unqualified
I would love our ex-players to be involved at Arsenal. But the fact is you can not force people to coach at the club if they do not want too.
Of course, some will sit and blame Wenger. Claim that they were not allowed to coach players how they wished, or take up the role they wanted. This is merely just damaging hearsay to suit an anti-Arsene agenda.
The reality is they all chose a different career path once retiring from football. The door was open to most of them to come to Arsenal, do their badges and work their way up – just like Steve Bould has done. But they chose other vocations. Some took the easy way out. Others followed the money. Others plying their trade elsewhere.
The door is open. They have just chosen not to walk through.
(Apologies for any mistakes, I wrote the above whilst waiting for my Chinese to be cooked)