The hunt for Arsenal’s replacement for Arsene Wenger is well under way with a plethora of names having already being linked with the soon to be vacant job. Now, one of Manchester United’s current coaches is being linked with the role.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last two weeks, you can’t have missed the news that the Frenchman will finally end his 22 year battle with that coat, by stepping down as Arsenal boss at the end of the season. It’s been a pretty stellar career in charge of the Gunners, with only Sir Alex Ferguson being able to top Wenger’s achievements in the Premier League era.
However, the show must go on, and Arsenal fans everywhere are hoping that Wenger’s departure can be the catalyst for a resurgence in fortunes after a number of disappointing years.
While the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Max Allegri and many more have been linked with the job, it is a name you may not be too familiar with making the headlines today, Manchester United coach Rui Faria.
Behind every great manager is a great number two, and Faria is that great number two to the current United boss Jose Mourinho. Wherever Jose goes, Faria follows. The duo have worked together since 2001, firstly as a fitness coach, before becoming his assistant, and the Portuguese coach is often credited for his tactical nouse behind the scenes.
However, according to The Sun, the 42-year-old harbours his own ambitions of being the main man in the dugout one day, and would be interested in speaking to Arsenal if they were to come calling.
Arsenal are thought to have a not so short, 14 man shortlist, as they explore all of their options to replace their legendary manager.
The report also highlights the fact that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has hired rookie coaches at all three of his US Sport franchises, NFL side the LA Rams, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, as well as the Colorado Rapids of the MLS.