The past few weeks have been among the toughest in Arsene Wenger's managerial career, with the Frenchman starting to show signs of a man under severe pressure. While the Gunners can still look forward to a Champions League last 16 tie this season, a disappointing league run paired with a disastrous exit in the Capital One Cup at the hands of Bradford City have asked major questions of Wenger's position.
Over the past 15 years, 'Le Professeur' has transformed Arsenal into a club famed for good, passing football, but latterly they have become a known for their frailty when it comes to the crunch.
As questions start being asked whether Wenger has outstayed his welcome, we take a look at some of English football's greatest managers and how their legendary associations with their respect clubs came to an end.
Don Revie - Leeds 1961-1974: Tenure of 13 years, left Elland Road for the England job aged 47
Don Revie's impact at Leeds United cannot be ignored, as he propelled Leeds from provincial Yorkshire club to one of the country's best sides. Revie's 'dirty Leeds' swept all before them and won two first division titles and an FA Cup during his 13 year tenure. However, defeat to Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup final marked the beginning of the end for Revie's time at Leeds. He bowed out on a major high, winning the Division One title a year later having gone the first 29 matches without defeat, but with an ageing squad in need of a revamp, it seemed the Don had timed his exit perfectly. After learning that he was the leading candidate to replace the departing Alf Ramsey as England boss, Revie left Leeds in July 1974 to be replaced by Brian Clough, who struggled to make his mark at Elland Road. Despite Jimmy Armfield managing to guide Leeds to the 1975 European Cup final, the club's glory years were over and by 1982 they were relegated. Revie remains a revered figure at the club, despite an unsuccessful stint as England manager.
Won his last trophy: In his final season
Bill Nicholson – Tottenham Hotspur 1958-1974: Tenure of 16 years, retired aged 55
Fondly remembered as the greatest manager in the club's history, Bill Nicholson led Tottenham Hotspur to many glory nights and created one of the most celebrated teams in the history of English football. In 1960/61, Nicholson's Tottenham became the first League and FA Cup 'double' winners of the 20th century, achieving a feat many had thought almost impossible and doing it with a playing style that has been lauded down the years. Nicholson added another FA Cup in 1962, narrowly missing out on the European Cup the following season, before helping Spurs became British football's first European trophy victors when they won the 1963 Cup Winners' Cup. Tottenham were also the first team to win the UEFA Cup, landing the trophy in 1972, but after defeat in the 1974 final Nicholson's 16 years in charge of Spurs came to an end. Scenes of hooliganism in the 1974 final against Feyenoord, coupled with rising player power among a new generation of footballers, including disputes with star player Martin Chivers, were contributory factors to Nicholson calling it a day, but the man himself claimed to feeling "burned out". He duly resigned from the club in 1974 with his dignity and reputation fully intact.
Won his last trophy: A year before retiring
Bill Shankly - Liverpool 1959-1974: Tenure of 15 years, retired aged 60
The '60s and '70s were a particularly rich time for managers in British football as the likes of Revie, Nicholson and Liverpool's Bill Shankly enjoyed a raft of managerial success. The Scot's Liverpool side picked up no fewer than seven major trophies during his 15 years in charge at Anfield, lifting the club from a depressing spell in the Secod Division to champions in just over four years. After winning a second title in 1966, however, Shankly's first great Liverpool side slowly declined until he undertook a rebuilding process in the early 1970s, ending a seven-year trophy drought with a third title and the UEFA Cup in 1973. A year later, 60-year-old Shankly shocked Kopites by suddenly retiring, citing that the stresses and strains of the job had made him "tired". He left after winning the 1974 FA Cup and was awarded an OBE in November of that year, but soon regretted his decision to leave Anfield. Unfortunately for Shankly, the Reds moved on under his old assistant Bob Paisley and, after an awkward period in which the retired manager would regularly turn up to training at Melwood, the club eased him out so that the new boss could get on with his job. "I have been received more warmly by Everton than I have by Liverpool," Shankly said in later years. "It is a scandal that I must write these words about the club I helped to build." While it seemed a harsh way to treat such a club legend, Liverpool were somewhat vindicated when - unlike Manchester United, who struggled with ex-manager Matt Busby on the board - they went on to even greater success under Paisley.
Won his last trophy: In his final season
Sir Bobby Robson - Ipswich 1969-1982: Tenure of 13 years, left for the England job aged 49
Sir Bobby Robson's 13-year tenure at Ipswich Town was the most successful in the club's history, as Ipswich won the 1978 FA Cup and 1981 UEFA Cup. After a difficult first four years in east Anglia, Robson's side went on to finish outside of the top six only once and came close to claiming the title in 1981 and 1982. His time at Ipswich allowed him to develop his management skills and Robson was lauded for his focus on nurturing youth talent, a trend which was reflected a remarkable record of signing just 14 players during his time at Portman Road. After learning of the FA's interest in him becoming England boss, Robson declined a fresh ten-year contract offer at Ipswich and took control of the national team.
Won his last trophy: One year before leaving
Herbert Chapman - Arsenal 1925-1934*: Tenure of 9 years, died in the job aged 55
Herbert Chapman was one of football's first proper managers, taking full control of the team, rather than acting as a conduit between the players and the board. When he arrived at Arsenal from Huddersfield in 1925, Chapman brought with him a professionalism which hadn't really been seen before in the game. His focus on tactics and physical fitness reaped dividends as Arsenal won two league titles and the FA Cup in the early 1930s. However, nine years into his tenure, Chapman succumbed to pneumonia and died in January 1934, with the Gunners poised to win the second of what would be three championships in a row.
Won his last trophy: Months before passing away
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