Surprise name appears on three-man Arsenal boss short-list

Date published: Tuesday 10th December 2019 1:06

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Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa is one of a three-man Arsenal boss shortlist, according to a report.

Tuttomercatoweb claim that Sousa has impressed the Arsenal hierarchy and he is under consideration as a permanent successor to Unai Emery.

The former Portugal star has been at the helm of the Ligue One side since the summer, but he has impressed and led them to fifth place.

Sousa, 49, has managed in England previously with spells at Swansea, QPR and Leicester, while he also spent two years in charge at Fiorentina.

The report claims Sousa has a release clause of just £1.6million in his contract in France and that will surely appeal to Stan Kroenke and Co.

Incidentally, the Italian outlet doe not named the other names on the shortlist to replace Unai Emery, who was last month.

ESPN report that Marcelino Garcia Toral has held talks with Arsenal and is keen on becoming their next manager.

The former Valencia coach flew into London on Sunday to hold face-to-face talks with Arsenal, but they report he is “not optimistic” about getting the job.

 

 

Over the weekend Patrick Vieira said he would not “ignore” a call from Arsenal as the north London giants look for a full-time successor to Emery.

The Gunners’ former midfielder was linked with the Arsenal job before Emery was appointed in the summer of 2018, but he was appointed Nice manager after leaving New York City.

The 43-year-old is still with the Ligue One side and guided them to a seventh-place finish last season and reports of him being a target again have resurfaced.

Last weekend Vieira said that he has “nothing to say” in response to calls from some for him to take over as the role, but his comments this weekend were more encouraging.

“You can never ignore a club where you’ve spent nine years,” Vieira told Canal Plus.

Meanwhile, the next assignment for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg will be a Europa League tie at Standard Liege on Thursday, and while he is unaware of how long he will continue in this role, he does seem open minded about the prospect of staying in the role for the long term.

He said: “I speak with Edu. Of course we played with each other, so we try to speak because I don’t have much staff so I talk to him sometimes about football.

“I’ve been told to work on a game-to-game basis and that is what I try to do. I’ve said this is a club I love and I’ll try to help as much as I can and then it is up to them to do what they do.”

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