After no little than just over 12 months, Arsenal were on the look out for a new manager. With Arsene Wengers long and unsuccessful reign coming to an end and a attractive money proposal from China’s ever growing presence in the game Arsenal looked to Englishman Neil Jones to try and carry on the philosophy left by Wenger. After finishing in a respectable 8th place and a top half finish in a challenging division in his first season managers in Top 100 were left puzzled as to why he left by Mutal consent 4 games into the new season. Arsenals board were then left to lock horns together to try and figure who was the right man to lead the charge for the biggest prizes in football, that man was no bigger than Evertons Michael Bowes.
With a solid season under his belt, it was believed his style of attractive football persuaded the board to go all out and get their man. A play off finish and some wheeling and dealing in the transfer market turn’t Everton into a youthful, attacking passing side something we’re sure the Arsenal board will hope he can bring to Arsenal.
Bowes’s first bit of business came in the form of his backroom staff. After deciding to leave behind his assistant and coaches at Everton he quickly moved for Arsenal legend Ian Wright to work along side him in the dugout. In no little than 24 hours later David Seaman, Tony Adams, Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry were all handed 5 year contracts to coach the first team players in their respected positions. All 5 former players were all said to be delighted to be invited back and work under new man Bowes. Ian Wright went on to add that he was looking forward to spending time with the man in charge and will watch closely as he looks to hopefully one day go into management. “To manager Arsenal one day would be something else. I’m taking each day as it comes, picking up everything I can to hopefully improve myself further into football, I’ve really enjoyed punditry and owe the BBC a lot for what they’ve done, but to have the chance to get back into football hands on is something I couldn’t refuse”.
It is believed Bowes has been backed heavily by owner Stan Kroenke in terms of available transfer funds but weather or not he decides to spend the money is yet to be clear. One man who has made the switch with Bowes from Everton is Ross Barkley. After long negotiations with the new Everton manager David Inglis it was believed he was given a blank cheque to try and bring the young talented Englishman to the Emirates. A message of content to the world and something Ross Barkley I’m sure will be delighted to hear that the manager pulled out all the stops to bring his one transfer target with him. Ross is believed to be excited to be working with Bowes again and to play for one of the biggest clubs in England. “When The gaffer left I was devastated, he improved me as a player in that one season and without him I truly believe I wouldn’t had won the younger player of the year award. David came in and straight away handed me the captains armband, I’m gutted to be leaving Everton, I wish the fans all the success, they were amazing to me and something that will stick with me for the rest of my career. But I couldn’t turn down working with Bowes and one of the biggest clubs around”. Santi Carzola and Nacho Monreal were the players who were sacrificed to bring Barkley in with Joel Campbell expected to be announced as an Everton player in the next couple of days also. Ross Barkley wasn’t the only person who made the trip down south. Liverpool’s young left back Alberto Moreno was brought in as Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny moved in the opposite direction.