Arsenal senior executives consider Luis Enrique an ‘inappropriate fit’ for the club, and are turning to a number of others, including Maurizio Sarri, to replace Arsene Wenger.
In recent days Enrique started to look like the clear leading candidate for the job. He is available, he has experience, and managing Barcelona isn’t bad preparation for managing Arsenal stylistically-speaking either.
The Times say Arsenal are now turning away from the Spaniard though. They claim the 47-year-old is too ‘expensive’ and ‘self-absorbed’ for the job. He’s much more likely to take over at Chelsea as a result.
Instead, one of the leading names for the North London job is apparently Napoli manager Sarri. Like Arsenal, Napoli have a restricted budget when compared with the league leaders. Nonetheless, the 59-year-old is leading them on a title charge, playing attractive football.
The only problem is that the manager doesn’t speak English, and can be combative in press conferences. That could be a problem managing Arsenal.
According to The Times, there are as many as 10 other names on the Arsenal shortlist at the moment. That’s plenty to choose from, but they need to narrow it down quickly. The season ends in less than three weeks even if the team make the Europa League final.
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