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Former coach: Arsene Wenger's coaching methods are prehistoric!

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

Highly regarded former Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen has slammed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's coaching methods, nicknaming him 'le dino'.

Well-traveled international coach Raymond Verheijen has been telling the English press why he thinks Arsenal have so many injuries and he has laid the blame solely at Wenger's feet, remarking his training methods are 'incompetent'.

Speaking to The Mirror, the 42-year-old former Wales assistant manager said: 'An injury could be bad luck but that is the exception to the rule. In contact sports occasionally there is an unlucky injury but most injuries are a result of overloading the body... doing the wrong workload at the wrong time or in the wrong sequence,' he explained.

'Clearly something is going wrong. If you look at the law of the big numbers, something in the last ten years is going wrong. It's clearly incompetence but it's unconscious incompetence. The only way you can improve is if it's conscious incompetence, so you're aware of it.

His damning opinion on Arsene Wenger suggests the Gunners manager is paying blind ignorance to the sport's science and running the whole coaching side by himself, down to every last aspect. It doesn't even to take into account that Wenger is likely to already have conditioning coaches on his staff.

And I imagine its their informed input he will listen to when planning specific training sessions.

However, the Dutch coach didn't leave it there and took to twitter to blast the French manager even more, labeling his coaching methods as prehistoric.


In fairness to Wenger, he is not the only manager to be singled out by Verheijen for 'prehistoric' training methods and therefore, in my opinion, can probably take the jibe as just another attempt to be outspoken.

During European Championship 2012 competition, he tweeted a series of comments fired towards the England national team's coaching set-up:

'Groin injury for Gareth Barry. Roy Hodgson: 'we had three tough days in training.' Which amateurs are in charge of the England periodisation?'

'Roy Hodgson: 'Phil Jones & Ashley Young felt hamstrings tighten so we removed them as a precaution.' Jurassic Park at international level.'

And finally:

'Sad news today about the Frank Lampard muscle injury. The England training methods must be even worse than Jurassic Park. I rest my case.'

And in fact, Wenger isn't even the first manager this season to have to deal with the 'prehistoric' jibe. Moyes's treatment of Robin Van Persie has largely been his main focus this season, claiming the former Arsenal striker has been 'overtrained.'

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville eventually rose to the bait cast by the Dutchman, sniping: 'Has a player ever got injured under ur training Raymond - if not you must be a miracle worker!'

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