Arsene Wenger has verbally agreed a new two-year contract to remain Arsenal manager until at least 2019, extending his extraordinary tenure at the club into a 23rd year.
The deal has been offered by majority owner Stan Kroenke and, while subject to formal ratification at a board meeting on Tuesday lunchtime, Wenger’s continuation as manager is now regarded as a formality.
As revealed by The Telegraph ahead of the final Premier League game of the season against Everton, Wenger paved the way for staying after being reassured that changes proposed to the sporting structure by chief executive Ivan Gazidis would not impact on his core decision making.
An official announcement will be made on Wednesday when Wenger and Kroenke are expected to outline their vision and determination to make Arsenal again challenge to win the Premier League.
Gazidis has been looking at candidates for a new sporting director/operations role to coordinate and streamline the work around Wenger on issues ranging from scouting and medicine to youth development and analytics.
Wenger has been told that his core powers – coaching, picking the team and directing the transfer strategy – will not be affected but has been sensitive about the parameters of change and also did not want any of his core staff to leave against his will.
Kroenke has spent time with Wenger since Saturday’s FA Cup final win and his backing for the Frenchman remains absolute. The Cup final was never going to be decisive in Kroenke’s decision and, while there is a desire now to address what went so wrong in February and March this year, the overall context of three FA Cup wins in four years and Premier League positions of fourth, fourth, second and fifth in that time were also taken into account.
Buhari not a democrat, must be sacked in 2019 – Atiku averred
POLITICS – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being undemocratic despite coming to power in 2015 through a democratic process.
Atiku stated this on Thursday when he visited Kogi State delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He debunked the insinuation that he currently holds grudge against his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I will continue to express my reservations on the willingness of President Buhari to hand over power. I have a simple and straight explanation for this. When Buhari took over power in 1983, they asked him of his transition to civil rule, then he responded, he doesn’t have.
“My stand is that one, he is not a democrat. Secondly, he is only using democracy to go back to power. If he loses election in 2019, he must hand over power” Atiku averred.
NYSC member battling for life after soldier’s assault in Kaduna camp
The corper, set to complete his service next month, had been appointed to the brigade band to train the current corps members. However, at the end of the parade, he excused himself and was planning to leave when a female soldier stopped him and said he couldn’t go.
He allegedly tried to explain to the soldier that he had to leave, as he is not bounded by the camp rules, but the soldier started harassing him. A male soldier later joined his colleague and kicked the corper, who fell and landed awkwardly on his head. The soldier was said to have pulled him up with his belt, raised him high and dropped him, making him faint immediately.
The victim was then rushed to the camp clinic, where preliminary assessment showed that he broke his neck in the process. He was later rushed out of the camp to a clinic and it’s being rumored that he is now between life and death.
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