Lincoln boss Danny Cowley has revealed how Arsene Wenger – often criticised by other managers for not having a post-game glass of wine with them – sat down for 90 minutes with him and his brother Nicky following Arsenal’s 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final win.
The Arsenal manager gave up his time for the duo who currently see their side top of the National League, and Cowley used the chance to pick the brains of one of the most experienced managers in the game.
He told BBC 5 Live about the time he’d spent with Wenger and what it meant to him.
“We had about an hour and a half with Arsene Wenger after the game and that will be invaluable, something we will cherish forever,” he said.
“The fact that he was willing to give us an hour, an hour and a half of his time after probably the week he’s had says everything about that man.
“He still spoke really passionately, still has a real affection for the game and when you consider the amount of criticism he has had recently – the fact he still loves the game and talks with such enthusiasm was brilliant.
“He said that after the results they’ve had he needed to instil confidence back into the group and that was the reason why he picked such a strong team.”
“I asked lots of questions. After an hour and a half I’m sure they’d had enough. It was really insightful, a fantastic experience.”
Considering the pressure he’s under at the moment, to spend that time with a young manager is very decent and says a lot about Wenger the man, even if many aren’t inclined to look beyond Wenger the manager at the moment.
Thanks to @jackbedlam for the heads-up