Arsene Wenger says he believes a manager should spend a club’s money as if it were his own, in order to avoid mistakes or to put the club under financial pressure.
His comments come in a new book in which he also talks about how the amount of money in the game can negatively affect the development of young players.
A criticism often leveled at the Arsenal manager is that he doesn’t use the resources available to him to the fullest, and his belief that he has to be responsible with his spending is quite illustrative of how he behaves in the market.
“I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club’s money as if it were your own,” he said, “because if you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.
“You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money, like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club.
“Because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far.”
Maybe you can go too far the other way though, taking risks is also part of the job.
Wenger also spoke about how the wages given to youngsters make them think they’ve made it, when their work as a professional is just beginning.
“I’ve fought all my life for footballers to make money but when you pay them before they produce it can kill the hunger,” he said.
“I’m scared we now have players under 17, under 18, who make £1m a year. When Ian Wright was earning that, he’d scored goals, he’d put his body on the line. Now, before they start, they are millionaires – a young player who has not even played.”
There have been countless example of this at Arsenal, and other clubs, as the salaries at youth level have reached ludicrous levels. It’s one of the real challenges for the modern manager.