Arsene Wenger has talked about the 'drug' of football management, admitting that he can't do without the day-to-day pressure and experience of the game.
The Frenchman is the third oldest manager currently working in the top four divisions of English football, managing a record 811 games in the Premier League, and conceded that - with one year left on his Arsenal contract at the end of the season - he has no plans to step away from the game soon.
"Ce métier, c'est une vraie drogue dont on ne peut pas se défaire. Il y a quelque chose de magique : le partage d'émotions" Son record en #PL, ses fiertés, ses convictions... ITW éclairante et passionnante d'Arsène Wenger à voir ici ➡ https://t.co/i3HaRjq5h6 #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/ujpgpTqr5n— SFR Sport (@SFR_Sport) December 31, 2017
Speaking to SFR Sport, he said: "It's a drug that gives you highs and - naturally - brings you back down again, but you want to come back into it all the same,"
"Even if the pressure weighs heavily on you sometimes... the worst pressure is not to have any at all. Life can seem very empty. I have a load of friends who say, 'I'm stopping, I'm stopping, I'm stopping,' but they all come back.
"Even those who said, 'Believe me, I won't come back' like Capello and Lippi, they have all gone off to China to coach again despite having been comfortable on their yachts by the sea. It's a real addiction, a real drug, you can't do without it.
The 68-year-old insisted that the challenges and hard times involved in the job were worth the effort, adding: