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Neville labels Arsenal’s managerial search a ‘right mess.’

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has blasted the Arsenal board for how they are handling the search for Arsene Wenger’s replacement.

The Gunners have been heavily linked a plethora of names from the highly rated Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique, to relatively unknown novices like Rui Faria and Zeljko Buvac.

As we reported over the weekend, it has now emerged that both Juventus coach Allegri and former Barcelona boss Enrique have concerns over the two tier managerial structure now in place at the Emirates, leaving outgoing PSG Unai Emery the clear favourite to take over in North London.

Neville believes Arsenal should have had a clear idea of who they wanted to take over at the Emirates before they announced Wenger’s departure, and bemoaned the fact that the Gunners search for a new manager is being played out in the public eye:

“I’m shocked at the process it’s a right mess,” He told Sky Sports.

“That’s the problem.

“They are all over the place. The problem is now you can’t keep anything quiet. You have a live update on the process unfortunately.

“With Enrique they found out he wanted too much money. They found out after they approached him? They must have known.

“I don’t know the hierarchy at Arsenal now but it seems they’ve not deal with it particularly well.

“They should have had their guy lined up and ready to go. To me it’s been a mess since he’s gone.”

Wenger ended his 22 year reign as Arsenal manger with a 1-0 victory against Huddersfield on Sunday.

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