According to the Daily Mail, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a target for the Japanese FA to become the next national team boss.
The veteran boss left Arsenal earlier this summer after 22 years in charge of the Gunners. The Frenchman recently admitted that he might have stayed too long in the capital with the Gunners.
Linked with a number of moves
Since announcing that he was leaving Arsenal, Wenger has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs, including at European champions Real Madrid and big-spending French outfit PSG.
Reports suggest the latter are still interested in appointing Wenger but as a director of football not as boss after the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as head coach.
There have also been numerous links with clubs from China. Wenger reportedly turned down a big money move to China a few years ago to stay in north London.
Link to Japan job understandable
The link to the Japanese national team job is reasonable, due to the Frenchman’s relations with the Asian country. Before moving to Arsenal in 199, Wenger managed Nagoya Grampus Eight in the J-League for a season, winning the Emperors Cup and the Japanese Cup.
He is familiar with the language, country and culture, so the link is an obvious one. Wenger has also stated that he enjoyed living the Asian country during his time with Grampus Eight. Japan are looking for a new head coach, despite making the last-16 at the World Cup. Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic was dismissed just a few months before the finals in Russia.
Akira Nishino took over, but only on a short-term deal, and it always seemed unlikely that he would be in the job for the long-term. Appointing Wenger would be something of a coup for the Blue Samurais.
The Japan job may tempt Wenger
Arsene Wenger has always stated his preference for a return to football would be at club level. However, there are now few high-level club positions available in the European games.
His options seem highly limited at the minute, so the job may prove tempting to the veteran Frenchman. The admiration Wenger has for the Asian country, and his people could make this move a realistic one.
No doubt he would have very little pressure and pick up an excellent wage for doing the job. He would not inherit a terrible team. Maybe this could be a win-win for both sides.
Will Arsene Wenger be the next Japan national team boss?