Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Eddie Howe: Three contenders to take on the tough task of replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Updated 20 April 2018
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Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

  • Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers an early favorite.
  • Arsenal legend Patrick Viera would be a fan favorite.

With Arsene Wenger set for the exit door at the end of the season, we try to take a peek into the future and try to predict his likely successor.

Here are five main contenders...


EDDIE HOWE

WHY? Been  touted for a 'big club' for past few seasons, done well at Bournemouth playing the sort of attractive football Arsenal fans have taken for granted under Wenger

LIKELIHOOD? Howe would be a gamble, and you suspect the Arsenal board will want a ‘bigger’ name.


MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

WHY? Has likely taken Juventus as far as he can and is a suitable ‘big name’ appointment having managed the Turin giants and AC Milan.

LIKELIHOOD? Has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea a possible destination. Would be under instant pressure to achieve at the Emirates were he to replace Wenger.


PATRICK VIERA

WHY? One of Wenger’s first signings the Frenchman became an Arsenal legend. Currently coaching New York City.

LIKELIHOOD? The need for instant impact and Viera’s relative lack of top-flight coaching experience probably makes him too big a gamble for the Arsenal bigwigs. Would be popular with the fans, though.


BRENDAN RODGERS

WHY? Was one Steven Gerrard slip away from leading Liverpool to the Premier League title. Done all he can do at Celtic.

LIKELIHOOD? For all that the Scottish Premiership is ridiculed, his record at Celtic — led Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year at the club, delivering Celtic's fourth treble in the process — is very good. The Arsenal fans, however, might be underwhelmed were he to be the new boss.


CARLO ANCELOTTI

WHY? Won titles and trophies at every club he has managed, his CV read like a who’s who of top European clubs.

LIKELIHOOD? Like Allegri would be the choice if the board are going for an immediate quick fix rather than a longer-term project. Maybe not an imaginative replacement but one which might please the impatient fans.


Saudi Arabian squash supremo expects sport to grow in the Kingdom

Updated 18 October 2018
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Saudi Arabian squash supremo expects sport to grow in the Kingdom

  • Ziad Al-Turki, the Saudi Squash Federation President and PSA Chairman, wants more squash in the Kingdom
  • He wants to stimulate the growth of the game in Saudi Arabia and give local players the chance to climb up the world rankings

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) chief plans to build on the success of staging the first ever professional women’s squash tournament in Saudi Arabia by making a men’s and women’s tournament in the Kingdom a permanent fixture in the squash calendar.
Ziad Al-Turki, the Saudi Squash Federation President and PSA Chairman, collaborated with the General Sports Authority and Princess Reema bint Bandar to stage the landmark event at Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in January, which featured 32 international players.
Eight-time world champion Nicol David hailed the tournament as a historic moment — and Al-Turki revealed plans are underway to make the Kingdom a regular stop on the hectic World Tour.
“It will happen again,” he said. “We are looking at either the end of this year or again in January. Hopefully it will be an annual event and hopefully we can bring back a men’s event. The PSA World Tour is full this year but we are going to find a slot probably for 2019 and then hopefully do a men’s and woman’s tournament back-to-back.”
The Kingdom last hosted a men’s event in 2010 when Nick Matthew won the Men’s World Championship, but Al-Turki now has the appetite to bring back the game’s top male players to Saudi Arabia after seeing the transformative effect the women’s game in January has had.
“Princess Noura University and King Saud University are contacting us telling us they want us to bring in trainers so they can host an amateur tournament between each other,” said Al-Turki. “We are getting contacted by girls who want to start participating in squash — that’s the ultimate goal. In that sense, it was a great success.”
Al-Turki said he will learn the lessons of the January tournament when staging future events.
“It took a lot of administrative work to get it approved – it didn’t happen overnight,” he said. “I started this when Prince Abdullah was at the helm and then it got another push when Princess Reema was first appointed. It was a few years in the making. 

“We were under certain constraints and we couldn’t go out and advertise it as much to try and get more spectators. I would have loved for it to be at one of the women’s universities as it would have drawn a bigger attendance.”
Al-Turki does not just want to make the Kingdom a money-spinning opportunity for the world’s top players. He wants to stimulate the growth of the game in Saudi Arabia and give local players the chance to climb up the world rankings — and not just have to rely on wildcard entries.
“We are not just looking at big events — we are looking at doing smaller events to give the guys a chance to participate and get some points,” he said.
“Nada Abu Alnaja, for example, has become a professional player because she had to get a wildcard (for entry to the Saudi Women’s Masters). We are looking to build on the grassroots and bringing in top players for tournaments gives the grassroots a push.”
That will be music to the ears for the likes of rookies Mohammad Almwled, Abdulmajeed Boureggah and Abdulelah Boureggah. Their inexperience of playing competitive squash was exposed when they represented Saudi Arabia at the World Team Squash Championship in India in July. It was the first time a team from the Arab state had competed in the event and they finished last. Al-Turki is seeing signs of a revival of the game in the Kingdom and is excited about two young prospects.
“We did have quite a few young, aspiring players back in 2008-2009 but it fizzled out a bit,” he said. “Now it’s picking up again. We have two juniors who I am sponsoring and sending to international tournaments, they are 11 and 12. We had a third place finish at a junior tournament in Europe, so we’ve got high hopes for them. They are competing in the Kingdom and in GCC tournaments. The grandfather of squash in Saudi Arabia (Samer Al-Khateeb) has kind of adopted them and I pay their expenses. They are very eager, so the future could be bright with those two.”