Speaking on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel, David Ornstein has been discussing Mikel Arteta and his transition from being Arsenal’s head coach to becoming the Gunners’ manager.
On the surface, head coach and manager are two very similar roles, but a manager has much more control over more aspects of the club such as transfers, facilities and contract decisions.
Arteta became the Arsenal manager back in September 2020 after a period as Head Coach, and according to Ornstein, some within Arsenal thought that this was a bad decision.
What’s been said?
Ornstein spoke about Arteta becoming the manager.
“Mikel Arteta took on the role of manager (rather than Head Coach) which was quite an important moment for him in terms of power and authority,” Ornstein said.
“Many people around football and Arsenal felt it was a bad decision for Mikel Arteta to go from head coach to manager. It was something the club proposed, but it was something he was on-board with. It gave him more authority, power and control over more areas, but there were some who felt he should just focus on the coaching and sorting this team out.”
Sign of faith
Making Mikel Arteta the manager rather than the Head Coach of Arsenal was a huge leap of faith from the club.
Let’s not forget, the Spaniard was very unproven at this point and handing him the keys to the castle was a risk.
However, Arteta has a clear vision of where he wants to take the club, and he wouldn’t have been able to begin the process of rebuilding Arsenal if he was only the Head Coach.
Arteta has been backed every step of the way, and now, Arsenal are finally seeing some rewards.