Arsenal draw up four man shortlist to replace Unai Emery
Abdul mujeer ansari
Nov. 30, 2019
Arsenal have drawn up a four-man shortlist of Nuno Espirito Santo, Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers to replace the sacked Unai Emery.
We understand they have already made contact with Allegri but the former Juventus boss has concerns over the club’s willingness to spend money on new players. Allegri has intimated he would make the signing of two centre-backs his priority.
However, the Italian would need guarantees that owner Stan Kroenke would make transfer funds available before committing himself to the Gunners, whose managerial search is being led by head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu.
Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus at the end of last season but has been learning English in anticipation of an opportunity in the Premier League.
The 52-year-old was interviewed before Emery’s appointment 18 months ago but we are told he asked the club to tell him why he should become their new manager. At the time, the hierarchy thought he was arrogant, although those feelings have subsided.
It is also thought that, for the first time at Arsenal, super agents such as Jorge Mendes and Kia Joorabchian will influence their search. Mendes is close to Sanllehi and represents Wolves boss Nuno, while Joorabchian works with Edu.
Manchester City assistant coach Arteta, who was close to replacing Arsene Wenger before Emery's arrival, and Leicester City boss Rodgers are the other names under consideration.
Meanwhile, we can reveal that Sanllehi had dinner with club legend Thierry Henry recently. Henry asked about coaching positions but was told to accept the offer from MLS club Montreal Impact, where he is now manager.
Sources close to the Arsenal board believe that, on reflection, this was an opportunity missed and Henry’s involvement in some capacity would have been a popular move with supporters.
Emery’s ‘two-hour team meetings’, meanwhile, are said to have been one of the reasons Arsenal’s players had began to lose faith in the manager.
A source said: ‘The manager would take training but would then go away and shut himself in his office. There was an air of negativity around the training ground and the bad atmosphere has spread to staff as well as players.
‘Emery would hold two-hour team meetings but the players were struggling to understand half of what he was saying and they switched off.
‘No-one at the club thought he was a bad person, just that he never got to grips with the club or the players.’
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