By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has criticised Pep Guardiola for announcing his decision to leave Bayern Munich halfway through his final season.
The Arsenal manager has claimed Guardiola’s decision is destabilising not only for his own team but also for leading managers at other clubs.
Guardiola has announced he will end his three-year Bayern Munich tenure at the end of the season, when he is expected to take his first job in the English top flight.
Manchester City have offered him a deal that would make him the best-paid manager in the world, while there is also interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Speaking at his media conference on Wednesday morning, Wenger said: “I think personally I don’t like that managers come out so early – it’s not so good for their own team or for others who are going through a difficult patch.”
The 44-year-old Spaniard has been hailed as one of the greatest managers in the game after winning 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona before leading Bayern to two successive Bundesliga championships.
Wenger has greater admiration for the style of Guardiola’s teams rather than the number of trophies they have won.
“He’s a top quality manager, no one would dispute that,” added the Arsenal boss. “Not for what he’s won. Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins together. I think of his positive attitude, that he wants his side’s to play in a positive way.”
Frenchman Wenger is also aware of the growing number of jobs being handed to foreign managers.
He observed: “We want this league to be the best, but also the right balance. You need 40-50 per cent foreign managers, but also local, like Eddie Howe – you do not want to kill that.
“It’s important to have the balance right because they bring different ideas.”