Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes youngsters need to be given more opportunities
Last Updated: October 11, 2012 5:01pm
Ivan Gazidis: Wants to see more youngsters offered an opportunity to shine
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants managers to be given more time, allowing them to develop stars of the future.
The Gunners have benefited greatly from the emphasis they place on youth production, with their academy system having delivered a number of first-team stars.
That success is largely down to the efforts of boss Arsene Wenger, a man who has never been afraid of taking a gamble on potential.
He is, however, in the fortunate position of having job security and can take more risks than a Premier League rival who knows his position rests on his ability to deliver results immediately.
Gazidis said: "We have seen a huge turnover of managers on a very short timescale - that tends to make managers much more conservative and defensive, much less prone to giving a young player a chance when he has a more secure option. So those two things are actually linked together.
"We need to create an environment where managers can be braver and we can give young players a chance.
"Liverpool have been fantastic this year, they have some young players coming through their system and really generating tremendous excitement within their team because they are being given an opportunity to play.
"It would have been very easy for Liverpool not to have that pathway for those young players, much easier than taking the risk of giving them a chance.
"That's critical, it's about philosophy within a club and that's what gives you resilience and gives you real strength and a foundation for success."