‘Arsene Wenger has been let down and would be an impossible act to follow’ - former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein speaks to Dereham Sixth Form College students

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

He's shared his words of wisdom with thousands of people around the world, and students at Dereham Sixth Form College were the latest to get tips on leadership and success.

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Devin was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Devin was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Pictured is Dereham Town manager Matt Henmen. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

He's shared his words of wisdom with thousands of people around the world, and students at Dereham Sixth Form College were the latest to get tips on leadership and success.

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein talked to students on Tuesday courtesy of the Speakers for Schools organisation.

Being a lifelong Arsenal fan there was only one question I wanted answered - If he were still chairman at Arsenal would he sack under-fire manager Arsene Wenger?

Mr Dein said: 'He's one of my favourite friends and a neighbour. He's been let down. If he does go, he won't be a difficult act to follow, he will be an impossible one.'

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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Tantalisingly, he did not say who had let him down.

Mr Dein talked about the creation of the Premier League, which he was heavily involved in, and about how behaviour and attitude play a key role in making a footballer.

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'One player was smoking in the dressing room after we lost to Southampton,' he said, as way of illustration, referring to former goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

He talked about the two best players he signed at Arsenal, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, always being the last on the training ground.

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

And he also spoke about meeting a man in Argentina who had the idea for a new invisible paint for referees at free kicks, which is now used at all Premier League games.

His motto is 'You don't get anywhere without sticking your neck out', which was illustrated with a picture of a turtle, or was it a tortoise, as one of the cheeky students suggested?

His next idea is for an independent timekeeper at football matches.

Mr Dein also thanked his time at school learning French for his later being able to communicate with Patrick Vieira when he moved to Arsenal and did not speak a word of English.

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Afterwards, Phyllis O'Grady, director at the college, said: 'It's been a privilege to have such an inspirational speaker here.'

Student Sam West, 18, from Toftwood, is a goalkeeper with Dereham Town under 18s. He said: 'It was really great. It was a good insight into the football business.'

Is your school hosting a special guest? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on

Former Arsenal and FA chairman David Dein was at Dereham Sixth Form College delivering a lecture on leadership. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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