‘Mr Arsenal’ David Dein visits Jack Wilshre’s former Hitchin school to discuss winning and Wenger

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein at the Priory School

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein at the Priory School - Credit: Archant

The former vice-chairman of football giants Arsenal FC and one of the chief architects of the formation of the Premier League has praised the pupils of a Hitchin school.

David Dein with Priory School headteacher Geraint Edwards, PE staff Chris Pope and Sally Elmer

David Dein with Priory School headteacher Geraint Edwards, PE staff Chris Pope and Sally Elmer - Credit: Archant

David Dein talked to Year 7 at The Priory School to share his insights on leadership, motivation and lessons he learned at the top of the footballing world.

Mr Dein attended the former secondary school of current Gunners star Jack Wilshere on behalf of Speakers for Schools – a charity providing state schools with talks from a range of leading professionals, public figures and academics free of charge.

He told the students: “This is a wonderful school where teachers want you to do your best. I’ve been very impressed with the response from pupils and teachers.”

Mr Dein appointed Arsene Wenger as manager in 1996 and saw the club win 18 trophies over a 24 year period.

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein speaks at the Priory School

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein speaks at the Priory School - Credit: Archant


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He shared some of his experiences of his time at Arsenal with pupils in a question and answer session.

Of under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he said: “The easiest thing in the world is to sack somebody – the trick is to get someone better.

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“Every full season Arsene has been at the club he has got them into the Champions League. The next man they appoint will not be able to do that.

“Every successful person I’ve met has worked hard, and had the courage and vision to get them to where they wanted to get to.”

Teacher Jo Churchman – who knew Mr Dein when she played for the Arsenal Ladies team between 1990 and 1995 – added: “I am so happy David came to the Priory.

“He not only gave a great speech to our pupils who really responded to it – but he made my day. It was great to see him again – I can’t stop smiling!”

Head Geraint Edwards said: “It was a real coup to have David deliver an inspiring talk which engaged our pupils.”

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