Football

Wenger laments Moyes' sacking

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he feared for the future of his trade in England after David Moyes was sacked by struggling champions Manchester United.

Moyes, who turned 51 yesterday, was sacked by United on Tuesday after a dismal 10-month tenure in which the reigning champions slumped to seventh place in the Premier League, denying them a place in next season's Champions League.

Wenger, now the Premier League's longest-serving manager after taking charge of the north London side in 1996, said the high attrition rate among managers in England would ultimately be detrimental to the standard of coaching.

"If you want quality people in any job, you need to give them time to develop and to become good, or people with the quality will not come into our job any more," Wenger said yesterday.

"The average (job life) expectancy of an English professional club at the moment is 11 months, and that is quite unstable."

"Every guy who is married, has a family, will have a big hesitancy before he goes into that game," the 64-year-old Frenchman added.

"That means the quality of the coaching and the quality of the managing is under threat."

Meanwhile, Man United have begun their hunt for a successor for Moyes, drawing up a shortlist and sending out feelers to potential candidates.

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is leading the search but is drawing on the experience of Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill, who are both board members.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal is the front-runner. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly another candidate on the shortlist, but he ruled himself out yesterday.

The club are looking for a coach with a significant level of experience, which means temporary manager Ryan Giggs will not be among those considered.

VAN THE MAN

Van Gaal is currently on holiday in Portugal, according to reports in Holland, and the 62-year-old will be a free agent after the World Cup.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is confident Ancelotti will stay in Spain.

He told talkSPORT: "I believe Carlo Ancelotti will be with Real Madrid next season.

"He's got a contract. We don't know what's happening with Manchester United.

"It's always a pity when you have to sack a coach. I had that problem with Fabio Capello.

"Sometimes, you have to take those decisions, though."

- Wire Services.


ANCELOTTI RULES OUT MAN UNITED MOVE

''At the moment, I am very happy in Madrid. I am lucky to be able to work for the best club in the world. I respect Manchester United a lot, although I didn't like what happened with Moyes, but this is the place for me.''

- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti at a press conference yesterday