Since Unai Emery was dismissed, speculation over his successor at the Emirates has grown to include a short list of 12 candidates. It’s mildly amusing that the press use the term ‘short list’ for something that really isn’t.
The names that have been mentioned as Emery’s successor are basically the same as that before his appointment, but at least it includes a few fresh candidates just to make it interesting such as Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo and River Plates’ Marcelo Gallardo.
However, it appears that the Arsenal job is enough to make God quake in his pants because as quickly as the names are mentioned, they are being discounted just as quickly.
It would seem that managers are scampering to find a decent excuse why they are staying put or avoiding the job. Friday saw Leicester’s Brendan Rogers, a hot favourite as the successor with the media, sign a contract extension that takes him up to 2025.
Massimiliano Allegri is on record as stating that he won’t be tempted back into management until the summer of 2020, but according to the Evening Standard:
“the Italian is currently unconvinced that the role is right for him at this stage of his career”
Diego Simeone of Athletico Madrid has also dampened expectations by issuing a statement that confirms his commitment to his current club by saying:
“The responsibility I have is a lot. I assume it and share it with players, club, people who work in the dressing room. We all have responsibility – mine is important, I assume it and I look for solutions so that everything returns to the best situation, which is to win. When you win, everything looks much better.”
Ah, sounds like he could be hiding behind the sofa at the mere mention of an Arsenal connection. Julian Naglesmann has apparently no intention of moving to the Premier League from RB Leipzig, who has a contract until 2023.
Former Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, who may be the subject of interest for a number of high profile European teams and Everton, may be subject to the conditions of his terminated contract which calls for a big payment and that may prevent him moving across North London as Emery’s successor.
It’s really not looking good for Arsenal fans at present, so that leaves Rafa Benitez from the list of big hitters and Carlo Ancelotti, who are probably seeking the advice of their representatives on how best to turn down a possible offer.