Arsene Wenger is nearing the end of what has been a long, and at times turbulent, career as a club manager. After Arsenal, it is unlikely he would choose to go to another club side.
But what about a national team? The Frenchman has long been recognised as one of the men who revamped the English game at the turn of the millennium; could the England national team return the favour and give him the perfect managerial send-off?
Think of the luxury of being blameless for having a terrible team – all that, and more, could be Wenger’s, watching on with a shrug and a cheery smile as Jordan Henderson shoots high, wide and not at all handsomely.
No on-site visits, no evenings studying a bank statement, and plenty of time to ponder how to get the best out of Kieran Gibbs. Imagine what Wenger could accomplish with a clear mind.
Furthermore, his fourth-place finishes would be held in high regard at St George’s Park these days. That’s a semi-final, and something the Three Lions haven’t achieved for 20 years. They wouldn’t be laughing any more, Arsene. They wouldn’t be laughing any more.
There’ll be no booing for Wenger then; while Arsenal fans have come to demand success, England fans weep for dignity, and while the pressure is always on as England manager, the bar has never been lower.
And while it seems likely the Frenchman will finish his career with a Champions League trophy missing from his collection, international honours are even harder to come by. They’d build statues of you, Arsene.