Mikel Arteta: Young coaches are being put off management careers because of abuse fears

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Mikel Arteta has said young coaches are being put off a career in management because of fears over the amount of abuse they will receive.

The Arsenal manager said he has also heard from experienced coaches who do not want to go back into the dugout because of the current climate of abuse.

Arteta’s comments come after sacked Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce revealed to Telegraph Sport the impact of the personal criticism he has received over the past few years, saying it was “very, very tough” for him to cope.

Arteta, the youngest manager in the Premier League, has called for open-table discussions on how to improve the situation, saying Bruce’s comments must not be ignored.

Asked if he feared young coaches might avoid management due to the amount of abuse they could receive, the Spaniard said: “Yes, a lot of people think like that.

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

“For me this cannot be the barrier, having fear about the treatment you are going to receive. But it is important that we take care of the environment and put things in the right place. If not, I do not think it will get better. I think it will get worse if we don’t do anything about it.”

Asked what he says to colleagues who have these doubts, Arteta said: “That you cannot lose the focus, the passion, the love and the reason why you made the decision in the first place to [go into management].

“If you are affected by every single opinion in life nowadays, with how easy you can read stuff about yourself, you are not going to be happy with whatever you do. You have to be able to deal with that. But obviously we can help to be able to deal with that.”

On Bruce’s comments to Telegraph Sport earlier this week, Arteta added: “I was really sad after reading that statement from Steve. First of all because I know him personally and secondly with what he transmitted in his words.

“You are talking about somebody who has been in the game over 40 years as a player and manager, that has managed 1,000 games and he is telling you, with that experience, with that level of expertise that he has, that he struggles with that kind of situation.

“We have to reflect on how we can’t take for granted and accept certain things because they are how they are. No. We are here to improve them and change them like we do with any rules, with anything we want to improve for our supporters, fans, stadiums, facilities, broadcast.

“Why don’t we spend more time and have an open table to discuss how we can do that? We have to think about that. One of the most experienced managers in English history is telling you that. You can’t just ignore it. For me it is a very serious statement and it is something that has to change.”

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