Arsene Wenger insists he will have no input into who will one day take over from him as manager at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss, 64, has yet to sign the offer of a new contract extension past the end of the season, but having just completed 1,000 matches in charge is expected to stay on at the Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal board is said to be acutely aware of the difficulties it could face when eventually having to replace the Frenchman, with the on-going issues for Manchester United manager David Moyes after following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson all too poignant.
Wenger, though, stressed he would not be keen to oversee the recruitment process when the time comes.
"I always said, and you can check that, everybody has his job (at the club). My job is to do well for the team, not to do anything else," he said.
Asked if he would be choosing his successor, Wenger insisted: "No."
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
1/10 Jurgen Klopp
Having led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during his time in charge of the German side, Klopp is considered one of the most exciting managers in football. His successes have been achieved despite his club being in the financial shadow of Bayern Munich and achieved with a style of football pleasing to the eye. The 46-year-old has been at Dortmund since 2008 and could conceivably be tempted to leave.
2/10 Roberto Mancini
His time at Manchester City ended with an acrimonious departure and FA Cup final defeat. However, that shouldn't overshadow the fact he delivered a Premier League title and FA Cup during his spell at the Etihad. The Italian is now at Galatasaray where he steered the club through a Champions League group containing Juventus and Real Madrid before exiting to Chelsea.
3/10 Roberto Martinez
Perhaps the most ideal fit to replace Wenger would be the current Everton manager. With a limited budget Martinez managed to keep Wigan in the Premier League year after year and also brought them an FA Cup triumph. Despite handling players of limited ability, the Spaniard managed to get the Latics playing pretty football. With a better squad at his disposal at Everton, Martinez has seamlessly taken over from David Moyes and has Everton competing at the right end of the table.
4/10 Dragan Stojkovic
Wenger has named Stojkovic as an ideal replacement having worked with him in Japan at Nagoya Grampus. The Serbian continues to work at the Japanese club and has a philosophy identical to that of Wenger. Would be something of a leftfield choice - much like Wenger was when he arrived.
5/10 Louis Van Gaal
The current manager of the Netherlands will leave the national side after this summer's World Cup. The former boss of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League and has been most readily linked with Tottenham. With seven league titles to his name and a Champions League medal from his time with Ajax, there's no doubting the 62-year-old's credentials.
6/10 Mauricio Pochettino
After replacing Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton, few knew much about the Argentinean. But in the year-and-a-bit since, he's managed to turn the south coast club from relegation contenders to an expansive side with ambition. Blessed with an array of young talents at St Mary's, Pochettino appears to have utilised them to their potential with five Saints in the last England squad.
7/10 Michael Laudrup
While he might have been unceremoniously dumped by Swansea by text message, the Dane showed he has the potential to not just be remembered for being a great player. In his time in south Wales he delivered the first major trophy in the club's history through the League Cup and had the side playing an exciting brand of football.
8/10 Dennis Bergkamp
With a statue already outside the stadium, Bergkamp would risk tainting his legendary status if he were to return as manager. Despite insisting he wouldn't go into management after his retirement in 2006, the Dutchman has been slowly moving up the coaching ranks at Ajax and is currently the assistant to Frank De Boer. Would be a risk - but would certainly be popular with fans.
9/10 Fabio Capello
An impeccable record at club level was somewhat tainted on these shores by a difficult time in charge of England. Putting failures with the Three Lions aside, the Italian won seven league titles covering three different teams, plus the Champions League during his spell at AC Milan. The authoritarian is currently managing Russia who he guided to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
10/10 Rafael Benitez
For whatever reason, the Spaniard has never been particularly popular among fans - aside from supporters of Liverpool. Delivering the Champions League against all-odds while at Anfield was the highlight of a hugely successful managerial career in which he also won two La Liga titles with Valencia and the Europa League with Chelsea. Now at Napoli, Benitez has the Italian team on course for Champions League qualification.
Arsenal remain relaxed about the on-going saga over Wenger's future, comfortable he will commit for next season, with plans already in place for a July friendly in New York.
It is a situation Wenger also appears completely comfortable with - although again indicated he alone would be the final judge on whether he felt he could take the team on for another cycle.
"My word is my word," said Wenger. Asked if that meant he would definitely be staying on next season, he added: "Yes - unless I decide otherwise.
"I have told you many times we have had no time to sit down and do it.
"(I am) not going anywhere, don't worry for that, but I want to have a feeling coming out of the season that I have done the maximum for the club."
Despite falling behind in the Barclays Premier League title race ahead of Saturday's showdown with Manchester City, Arsenal are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, which represents a real chance to end their nine-year trophy drought.
Wenger suggested he would reflect on the merits of any success once the final whistle for the 2013/14 campaign is blown.
"Let's first see when the season is over," he said.
"If you look back for one year, would you have done something different? If you say to me 'no', I say 'this guy is a complete lunatic'.
"It is not only linked with the result. It is linked with the situations you have dealt with - have you done well or not?
"Do you ask me 'have I made zero mistakes in the last year?' I am not stupid enough to say 'yes'."