Date published: Sunday 1st December 2019 11:37
Arsenal and Everton have both identified their ideal next managers.
Arsenal’s search is a little more pressing after the sacking of Unai Emery on Friday, with Freddie Ljungberg and his “Arsenal DNA” in interim charge.
But Everton are in a similar situation with Marco Silva’s future uncertain after a terrible start to the season.
The Sunday Mirror claim that the Toffees see Bournemouth boss and boyhood Everton fan Eddie Howe as their ‘No. 1 target’, and will try and persuade him north with ‘a lucrative personal package which will make him one of the Premier League’s biggest earners’.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright are ready to part with Silva as ‘they don’t want a repeat’ of the ‘toxic atmosphere’ that shrouded Goodison Park during and after the defeat to Norwich when Chelsea visit next Saturday.
Howe, Kenwright’s choice to replace Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2018, is therefore in pole position after talks to bring David Moyes back were ‘scrapped’ due to fan opposition – a reaction which has apparently left the Scot ‘surprised’.
The same outlet says Arsenal want former midfielder Mikel Arteta to replace Emery.
Arteta was almost appointed in May 2018 before Emery got the job, with the Spaniard continuing to impress as Manchester City assistant in the interim.
The Sunday Mirror say he is the Arsenal hierarchy’s ‘first choice’, with Arteta ‘keen on the move’ and even Pep Guardiola ‘open’ to him ‘furthering his career in frontline management’.
The City boss sees Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Arteta’s ‘ideal replacement’ to step up, while the Gunners want to ‘retain’ their heavy ‘Spanish influence.
Two candidates for the role have been ruled out. Erik ten Hag is favourite to take over at Bayern Munich, while Ronald Koeman will wait for Barcelona to call him until the end of time.