The debate over Arsene Wenger’s future rolls on ahead of Arsenal’s most important game left this season.
Should Arsenal get knocked out of the FA Cup this weekend at the hands of current holders Wigan Athletic, there will be even greater pressure on the club to move the Frenchman on this summer.
However, recent indications from a supporter poll have suggested that the majority would like to see Wenger keep his job so what’s the best way forward?
The best option could be to put Wenger onto a deal, similar to the one enjoyed by Sir Alex Ferguson towards the latter stages of his Manchester United career.
Fergie’s contact was a one-year rolling deal, which was reviewed and renewed at the end of every season.
The positives and benefits of a one-year deal give both sides, club and manager, plenty of flexibility.
As far as Arsenal are concerned, it would be far easier to move Wenger on at the end of the next campaign if Arsenal enjoy a David Moyes style slide down the table over the 2014/2015 season.
It prevents the Gunners having to fork out millions in compensation from terminating Wenger’s contract early.
As for the man himself, it almost gives him more authority in the key areas of the club.
If Arsenal have a successful season, make good signings and bring through good, young talented players then Wenger’s bargaining position at the end of each campaign gets a little stronger.
If Wenger and Arsenal are successful then the likelihood of him signing a new one-year deal each summer will become a formality rather than causing complications.
It also offers him an easier way out if he gets fatigued, burnt out and if he generally feels that the time is right to move on from the club to a new challenge or to retire.
Few Manchester United fans would have argued had Fergie been put on a long term contract but a one-year rolling deal allowed United to get the best out of him and allowed the Scot to step down when he thought the time was right.