Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Dragan Stojkovic is hoping to emulate Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at J. League club Nagoya Grampus Eight after he was unveiled as the new manager of his former team on Tuesday. Nagoya enjoyed its most successful period under Wenger's reign, winning the Emperor's Cup in 1995 and finishing a club high second overall in the J. League the following season. The 42-year-old Stojkovic, J. League Player of the Year in 1995, told a new conference he had paid Wenger a recent visit at Arsenal to pick the Frenchman's brains. "I spent about a week at Arsenal last month and spoke to him (Wenger) about Nagoya and he gave me some advice and told me to have total belief in myself," said Stojkovic. Despite the financial backing of automobile giant Toyota, Nagoya has underachieved since Wenger departed after two seasons and Stojkovic has vowed to respond to expectations and make every effort to turn them into title contenders.