Pro Licence becomes problem for Freddie Ljungberg, managing Arsenal out of question
This is why Freddie won't be able to become Arsenal's manager so far.
There are multiple reports about Freddie Ljungberg being one of the candidates to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal. Some people back him to take charge, others criticize his possible appointment. Everyone is talking about him.
But we think there is no reason to seriously expect him to take over, at least in a long-term perspective.
And the reason is not that we don't want him to. The UEFA rules just will not allow it.
A person has to have the UEFA Pro Licence in order to be able to become the Premier League manager. Freddie Ljungberg currently has the UEFA A Licence which is one level lower than the Pro Licence.
The needed certificate can be earned in a course of 12 months which would be a dealbreaker for Freddie here. Without this piece of paper, Ljungberg would be able to take over for just 3 months.
Let's imagine Unai Emery gets sacked right now. This way, if Freddie hadn't been secretly taking courses for the last year, we would enjoy his company just until the end of the winter.
Here are all the levels of coaching certificates:
- Introduction to coaching.
- Takes a few weeks to complete.
Level 2, Certificate in Coaching Football
- With this level of licence, a coach can work in Football in the Community, local authorities, US soccer camps.
- Takes from 6 months to 3 years to complete.
Level 3, UEFA B Licence
- This certificate gives you the right to work in Centres of Excellence and Academies.
- Takes 1-2 years to complete.
Level 4, UEFA A Licence
- A person who has this licence can become a manager in a professional team or an Academy manager.
- Takes 2 years to complete.
Level 5, UEFA Pro Licence
- This certificate is needed to be able to be a manager in the Premier League and take part in UEFA competitions.
- Takes 12 months to complete.