Arsene Wenger should begin the process of identifying Arsenal’s next manager, according to the club’s second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
The Russian billionaire says Wenger must be afforded the respect to play a prominent role in identifying his successor at the appropriate juncture.
“Some continuity is needed,” Usmanov said in comments reported by Bloomberg.
“This includes the need to prepare a successor for Wenger, but in a very respectful way. I can suggest that Wenger himself can prepare a successor.”
Usmanov says Wenger is not solely to blame for the poor state of affairs on the pitch, pointing the finger of blame at Arsenal’s main investor Stan Kroenke.
“I do not think that the coach alone is to be blamed for what is happening,” Usmanov said.
“I personally, unfortunately, am fully isolated from decision making in the club.
“All the responsibility for the fate of the club rests with the main shareholder.”