Advertisement Wenger has been keeping busy on punditry duty and worked with Jose Mourinho – also linked with the Newcastle job – during the Champions League final (Picture: beIN SPORTS)Asked about the Newcastle speculation, and whether he is close to a return to management, Wenger told France24: ‘Not in the near future, no. I’m still not ready to go back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I thought yes but I don’t think at the moment I will come back. I’m more open now than a year ago to talk about that but I cannot tell you that in the next two or three days I will go into management again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I took a little bit of distance and I enjoyed it. I worked for 35 years without any interruptions, so I think I deserved a little rest.’Wenger has previously suggested he would not be prepared to return to the Premier League given his 22-year allegiance to Arsenal, but that stance appears to have changed slightly. Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Jun 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link400Shares ‘Why not?’ Wenger has surprisingly opened the door to taking over at a Premier League club despite his ties to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Asked his preferred destination, he continued: ‘Well I would prefer to try another country, although my preferred time was in England because the Premier League is the place to be at the moment.‘But for me it is very difficult because I was for so long at the same club. But why not? I still need a bit of time to pass and then maybe make the decision.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsene Wenger plays down Newcastle United rumours but opens door to Premier League return Advertisement The former Arsenal boss is still not quite ready to return to management (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from the Newcastle United job and says he is still not ready to return to management just yet – though could consider a Premier League job in the future.It is over a year since the Frenchman left Arsenal and he has been linked with a host of jobs ever since, from national team roles to sporting director positions and even a return to Japan.Most recently, Wenger’s name has been mooted as a potential successor to Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park, but the 69-year-old says he wants to enjoy his rest for a little while longer.
KEOKUK — Surrounded by cameras, reporters and curious Iowans, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke launched his campaign for the White House in some crowded southeast Iowa venues Thursday.Joe Fierce of Keokuk wasn’t sure how to pronounce the candidate’s first name.“All I really know about him is he was running against Ted Cruz and, for me, that’s a ‘gold seal’ right there,” Fierce told Radio Iowa.Beto O’Rourke drew national attention as he finished two-and-a-half points short of defeating the Republican Senator from Texas in 2018. Fierce was up early today to listen to O’Rourke, but he’s hoping former Vice President Joe Biden runs.“I might be kind of counter the trend on this because I know there’s a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ vibe now, throw the bums out now. All of ’em,” Fierce said. “I think, however, that we need someone who knows how it works.”Bonnie Peevler of Keokuk said O’Rourke is “of course” on her radar as she reviews her 2020 presidential choices.“I think the character of the person matters more than the experience,” Peevler said, describing O’Rourke as “intelligent and thoughtful.”Austin Bayliss, a Trump voter in 2016, drove nearly 100 miles from Wellman to Keokuk to see O’Rourke.“It’s too early tell as far as who I’m going to caucus for,” Bayliss said, adding he intends to see every presidential candidate in person.Heather Morgan of Keokuk said O’Rourke has everything she’s looking for in a candidate.“He’s very conservative for a Democrat and I think if anybody can steal Republican votes, it’s probably going to be him,” Morgan told Radio Iowa.O’Rourke shook her hand and many others in the Lost Canvass Coffee Shop in Keokuk before climbing on a chair and promising to campaign for the vote of “every single American.”“I could care less your party persuasion, your religion, anything other than the fact that right now we are all Americans and we are all human beings and we would do anything in our power for one another, for this great country and for every generation that follows,” O’Rourke said near the end of his opening statement in Keokuk. “This is democracy.”O’Rourke also made stops in Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine Thursday.