Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to retire despite the Arsenal boss approaching his 60th birthday next month.
The Frenchman, in his 14th season in charge of the Gunners, making him the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League behind Sir Alex Ferguson, says that a life without football would be unthinkable.
The former Monaco manager can understand why Ferguson changed his mind about retiring in 2001.
“I can understand that (Ferguson’s decision), I said I would stop at 50,” he said.
“I don’t believe in retiring unless you have to. I have never had a day when I think I could live without football.
“I know one day it will happen but you shouldn’t live every day knowing you are going to die – you live knowing that you want to live.”
Wenger went on to state that other people will let him know when to call it a day.
“In our job you need physical strength and to be a bit of an animal to convince people it’s important to win,” he said.
“But once that physical strength goes it’s a handicap, although you can compensate to an extent with experience.
“But you need in some way to be an animal and you need physical power. You will know if you are not hungry enough any more but other people will tell you if you are not good enough any more.
“It’s not for a manager to know – it’s for other people to know and to tell him.”
Wenger still believes that going the whole season unbeaten in 2003-04 will be his lasting legacy in football.
“Without a doubt going the whole season unbeaten is my greatest achievement,” he stated.
“If you win the championship you feel someone else can come in and do better than you.
“It was always my dream to go the whole season unbeaten because there’s not much more anyone can do to beat that.”