David Beckham has been managed by several of the sports’ great managers: Sir Alex Ferguson with the Red Devils, Carlos Queiroz with Real Madrid, and Fabio Capello with the England National team.
One name that Beckham believes should be added to that list is LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, who is coming off a season where he managed the Galaxy to their first MLS Cup victory since 2005.
“I’ve been lucky throughout my career that I’ve worked with some of the best managers in soccer, and Bruce is no different”, said the Galaxy midfielder in an interview on the MLS video channel.
“As a player and a team, you need stability and you need a manager that comes in with authority and experience, and knows exactly what he’s doing,” he added.
Before joining the Galaxy, Arena began his professional coaching career with D.C. United in 1996. He went on to win the MLS Cup in each of his first two seasons, a remarkable accomplishment for someone who also coached the U.S. Under-23 National Team in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
He moved on to coach the U.S. National Team from 1998-2006, followed by a brief one-and-a-half year stint with the New York Red Bulls.
After parting ways with the Red Bulls, Arena joined the Galaxy and transformed a team that had not reached the playoffs since 2005 into the team today that are considered by many as early-season favorites to repeat as MLS Cup Champions.
“Bruce came into this club and he changed it around, he brought his experience. He’s the reason why we’ve been successful in the last three years,” Becks concluded.