Arsenal have started preparing for life after their longest serving manager, Arsene Wenger. Rumours are rife that this might be Wenger last season at Arsenal and the Gunners’ hierarchy are already drawing up a list of possible candidates. Juve coach Antonio Conte has already been touted as a possible candidate but Arsenal fans are keen on former legend, Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp. The Dutch legend is highly rated at Arsenal and fans believe he will continue with Wenger’s fluid, attacking and quick passing footballing philosophy. The current assistant coach at Ajax has played down his chances of taking over at a top European club owing to his phobia for flying.
“It made me feel so awful and I began to develop such an aversion to it that it suddenly dawned on me: ‘I don’t want to do this any more,’”
“It got so bad I would look up at the sky during away games to see what the weather was like. Were there any clouds coming? Sometimes I was preoccupied by the flight home while I was playing football. It was hell.
“I’ve flown countless times in large planes, small ones, tiny ones. At Ajax, I once flew in a minuscule plane over Mount Etna near Naples when we got into a terrible air pocket – in terms of flying, I’ve seen and done it all and I’m simply not flying again. Ever.”
“In talks with Arsenal, if I said ‘a million’ they automatically deducted a hundred grand ‘because you don’t fly’. And I accepted that.”
Interesting thoughts from the Arsenal legend. He is obviously aversed to flight and if he could be willingly went as far as taking pay cut just to avoid flying as a player and manager, his chances of changing his mind now is extremely remote. Can he manage a top club with his phobia for flying? I don’t think so. He can as an assistant manager like he is doing at Ajax but not as the main man.
It would be great to have Bergkamp work at Arsenal in a capacity. Perhaps handling Arsenal’s reserves and youth team would be a good place to start.The academy has been somewhat poor since Bould left them. Having the Dutch passmaster teach them the Arsenal early enough might be the best way to revamp the academy. He wont have to worry about flying with the academy. He will do most of his business in England.