Mikel Arteta believes abuse is impacting managers taking jobs

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes the abuse that coaches get is influencing the decisions they make for their career progression.

The last few days have seen many fans and pundits alike take a step back and analyse the current state of social media and, more importantly, the impact it can have on people. One of the primary reasons for that is because Steve Bruce, the former Newcastle United boss, recently came out and spoke about how much the abuse he received during his time as Magpies manager impacted him and his family.

In response, Mikel Arteta warned that things could get worse if action isn’t taken.

“Yes, a lot of people think like that,” he said.

“I heard a lot and I have a lot of friends who are doing the courses, who doubted whether they want to take the hot seat or whether it is better to be an assistant or something else.

What’s the next step?

“For me, this cannot be the barrier, because you have fear about the treatment you are going to receive. I think the enjoyment as well is that big, that it should not stop you.


“But it is important that we take care a little bit of the environment and putting things in the right place. If not, I don’t think it will get better. I think it will get worse if we don’t do anything about it.”

Arteta himself has been through the wars with Gunners supporters giving him a hard time and above all else, the popular opinion is that it needs to stop being normalised as “part of the job”.

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