Mikel Arteta believes that football needs to get together to talk about how managers should be protected from vitriol levels that might harm their mental health. The Arsenal manager was speaking after Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce spoke out about the hatred he receives from their fans, which has forced him to ponder retirement from the game.
Arteta mentioned earlier this year that his family had received online threats, and he said Bruce’s comments should serve as a further wake-up call in efforts to improve the conditions in which people in his position work, emphasizing that his colleague is one of the most experienced managers in the game. Bruce announced his departure from Newcastle on Wednesday, as was largely predicted, and stated that he may not return to management.
“I was really sad after reading that statement from Steve,” Arteta said. “You’re talking about somebody who has been in the game over 40 years as a player and manager, that has managed over 1,000 games and he is telling you, with that experience, with that level of expertise, that he struggles with that kind of situation.”
“So I think we have to reflect how we can’t take for granted and accept certain things because they are how they are. We are here as well to improve them and change them like we do with any rules, with anything that we want to improve for our supporters, fans, stadiums, facilities, broadcast.
source : Guardian sport