Arsenal boss praises Newcastle’s Steve McClaren for coaching abroad after England stint

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged more English coaches to spend time coaching abroad, praising Newcastle boss Steve McClaren.

McClaren spent time managing in Holland and Germany with FC Twente and Wolfsburg after his spell in charge of England.

And Wenger believes it has benefited him.

“I would encourage more English coaches to go abroad because sometimes, especially when you have managed the national team, the best thing is to get out of the country for a while and then come back,” said Wenger.

“I believe we had a good example with Bobby Robson who did that.

“I think it was a clever move for Steve McClaren and he has done well.”

Meanwhile, Wenger has also urged his side to treat the game at Newcastle tomorrow with caution.

The Magpies host the Gunners at St James’s Park in the lunchtime kick-off in the final round of Premier League matches before the international break.

Newcastle go into the game on the back of the point at Old Trafford, while Arsenal drew 0-0 with Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night.

Wenger said: “We want to do well at Newcastle but it’s always very, very, very tight and very committed there because the crowd is always behind their team.

“They have just come out from a good result at Manchester United so it’s important that we prepare well and we give absolutely everything to win this game before the break.

“We have always done very well away from home.

“Last season and the season before, it was the last game of the season that we had to win.

“There has always been something big at stake, but we like pressure,” added the Arsenal boss to the Gunners website.