Sky: Allegri wants to replace sacked Emery as Arsenal open talks with Italian boss

By on November 29, 2019

Max Allegri wants to become the next Arsenal manager after Unai Emery was finally sacked on Friday morning, according to Sky Sports News.

Arsenal released a formal statement on Arsenal.com this morning to confirm Emery has been relieved of his duties just 18 months after replacing Arsene Wenger as manager.

Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League was the final straw as it extended our winless run to seven games in all competitions – Arsenal’s worst run since 1992.

Freddie Ljungberg has been installed as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is found and the former Arsenal attacker will take charge of Sunday’s trip to Norwich City.

Rumours are flying all over the place about who’ll be the next permanent Arsenal manager with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino all reportedly in the frame.

However, Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims Arsenal chiefs have opened talks with Max Allegri and the former Juventus boss supposedly wants the job of being Emery’s replacement.

Obviously he has huge pedigree having won five consecutive Serie A title in Turin but the main stumbling block could be his poor grasp of English. That was a big factor in Emery’s inability to get his instructions across to the Arsenal players so you’d think the club will want someone who can speak fluent English as the next manager.

Allegri has been having English lessons in recent months so he may have improved but I would still be surprised if he got the job unless he can convince the board he will be able to communicate with the squad far better than Emery did.

Interestingly, Solhekol also says some members of the Arsenal board wanted Jose Mourinho before he took charge at Tottenham. Personally, I’m glad we dodged that bullet!

It’s going to be interesting to see how things develop and the club have a huge decision on their hands. We simply have to get this appointment right as we cannot afford to make another mistake.

I think we can forget about Pochettino as I don’t see him taking the job so soon after being sacked by Tottenham and I think Allegri’s poor English will likely rule him out of the job in the end.

Santo would be a worrying appointment as I think we’re only after him because of Raul Sanllehi’s close relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes and I don’t want Arsenal to be under control of such a ‘super agent’.

Ancelotti would be a solid appointment as he’s won everything at top clubs and would command the respect of the dressing room but it will cost a fortune to get him out of his contract at Napoli.

Arteta is probably the most exciting of the front runners. He’s young, loves the club and will play exciting football after learning from the best coach in the world. However, his lack of experience is a real concern.

Let’s see how things develop. Maybe Freddie does such a good job he’s offered the role on a permanent basis?