Although rumours have surfaced this week that Arsene Wenger will not be filling the vacant England coaching role he’s been so heavily linked with, it seems increasingly likely that the Frenchman is soon to call time on his tenure at Arsenal. After all, no-one can go on forever.
It would arguably be the most significant managerial departure since that of Sir Alex Ferguson some years ago and it’d leave someone with some rather big shoes to fill. Hungry, tactically sharp, youthful but at the same time experienced are the criteria many are already laying out for the former-Monaco gaffer’s successor and a handful are being touted as the next boss of the North London side. Here’s a look over five in particular…
In just seven years, including a brief season with Burnley, Eddie Howe has managed to guide Bournemouth all the way from the depths of League 2 to the holy grail of the Premier League. Along the way, he has instilled the Cherries with a positive, attacking philosophy which many feel render him the perfect match for Arsenal.
Moreover, the success has arisen with minimal spending, another fundamental aspect to the Gunners’ current success off the field, albeit at the displeasure of the club’s fan base.
Having been linked with the job previously, Howe has always rubbished claims, suggesting that his aim is to establish the South-Coast club in the Premier League before he looks to advance elsewhere.
Not long ago, Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn reiterated that Howe is, quite simply, “Bournemouth through and through” and it could be difficult to lure him away. That said, Howe has not only gained promotion to the big time with the Cherries, but he kept them there in his first season, so may feel the job is done and could be tempted by a lucrative deal.
Manager Rating: 7.5/10
Likelihood of being Arsenal manager: 7/10