McClaren backs Howe to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager

Former England manager Steve McClaren has suggested that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Last season was dominated by speculation over Wenger’s future with many supporters calling for the board to part ways with the experienced coach.

In the end, though, the Frenchman signed a new two-year deal, but less than one year into the new contract and rumblings of discontent are emerging again.

As it stands, Wenger’s position seems safe but if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second year in a row, then questions will arise.

Howe has been in management for 10 years, and in that time he has coached Bournemouth and Burnley, and despite his lack of experience at so-called top clubs, the 40-year-old Englishman is being tipped to eventually take over at the Emirates.

During an interview with the Daily Star, McClaren suggested that Howe will be part of a new generation of elite football managers.

“I’ve followed [Howe’s] career – we had a few good battles against Bournemouth when I was at Derby – and he is one of them who sets up his teams to play football. Building from the back, completing attacks, working hard to win the ball back, pressing opponents – he has that mentality. He could be an Arsenal manager. I can certainly see that.”