It has been a rough few weeks for Arsenal fans as one Premier League defeat has quickly become four.
The rough few weeks is actually a rough few years.
Many of us saw the demise of the club coming many years ago.
The club made an error back in 2014 by offering Arsene Wenger his new deal. We had just won the FA Cup and we should have shaken hands with the great man, said thank you and goodbye.
He hung on to his job and in doing so we turned down opportunities to get Jurgen Klopp firstly, and then Pep Guardiola.
It is the Klopp one that is so frustrating.
The German joined Liverpool in 2015 and, whilst progress was slow at first, he rebuilt Liverpool from bottom up returning them back to their former greatness.
Since Arsene Wenger left, the turnover of senior staff members at the club has been huge.
Shortly after Wenger left, Ivan Gazidis announced he was taking a job at AC Milan.
Sven Mislintat, bought in to oversee recruitment, came and went in a blink of an eye following a power struggle with Raul Sanllehi. Both men were bought in by Gazidis to fill the black hole left by Arsene Wenger.
Unai Emery, the man bought in to replace Wenger, lasted 18 months.
Francis Cagigao, who was promoted to Head of Recruitment following Mislintat’s departure was part of the rCOVID19 redundancies, as was Sanllehi, having been promoted following Gazidis’ departure.
More recently it was announced Huss Fahmy, Arsenal’s Chief Negotiator would also be leaving his job.
Any business that has so much turnover of senior management will always struggle. Whether that is a football team, construction company, supermarket or bank. The most successful companies have stability of senior management.
Every time you change senior management, the new man coming in will want change. Will want to do it his way. This disrupts operations for months whilst change is implemented. And if he is out the door before the benefits of change are seen, the process begins again under a new man.
Arsenal need stability, not further change.
We need Edu, Mikel Arteta, Vinai Venkatesham and Per Mertesacker to be working as a cohesive unit to return the club to its former glories.
Manchester United have shown that chopping and changing a manager every year or two does not guarantee an improvement.
Liverpool’s success was built off the back of sticking with Jurgen Klopp after his slow start. He has now been at the club for 5 years.
Michael Edwards, who is credited for their excellent operating in the transfer market has been at the club for 9 years, whilst Chief Scout Barry Hunter has been at the club for 8 years.
Recently Peter Moore, who had been CEO for 3 years, stepped aside to be replaced by Billy Hogan who has been at Liverpool for 8 years.
Liverpool are the best run club in the country at the moment.
The owners have not bank rolled their success, instead they have put the right people in the positions and allowed the experts to run the club. They have shown you do not need an Oligarch or an oil baron to be a success.
Manchester City have also had stability in the back room staff under
Txiki Begiristain has been Director of Football and Ferran Soriano has been CEO since 2012, whilst Rodolfo Borrell was appointed Global Technical Director in 2014. Brian Marwood has been involved since 2009 in various different roles (currently Academy Director).
Under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea have got rid of managers almost every year since he bought the club. But his senior management team has remained
Bruce Buck became Chairman in 2003, whilst Marina Granovskaia has been CEO since 2014, having joined the club in 2003 alongside Abramovich.
Head of international scouting Scott McLachlan joined Chelsea in 2011 whilst Head of youth development Neil Bath has been at the club since 1993.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. If you want success, you need stability at the top with a long term plan.
Over the last 3 years, Arsenal had had too much turnover in senior positions, with at least 7 senior management leaving the club.
The club will not move forward until we have stability in the senior management team.
By constantly changing who is running the club or a department, you end up in a constant period of flux. You do not give one man a chance for his plan to develop before you move on to the next mans plan.
Arsenal need stability, not more change.
Problem is: are the people in Arsenal now the right people to build that stability?
The problem that you have is if you now get rid of Edu, et al who do you then get in? At some point you have to make a decision and “stick” and give those you employed the chance to turn the club around.