Managerial Dream Team For Arsenal On This Day, 21st July 1958

Maybe this throwback to the old style of club management was genuinely discussed at board level; it seems most likely speculation. Although with The Daily Express previously the favoured media outlet of the club, it is not quite so easy to dismiss this as fantasy. Someone seems to have briefed Desmond Hackett about this – and as I write this, I can’t get to my copy of Bob Wall’s book to see if he notes anything of the affair.

It was 100% wrong in the final outcome though; George Swindin was appointed manager shortly after this piece appeared.