first_img 10 10 8. Jorge Sampaoli – Sevilla – The 56-year-old Argentinian has finally been handed the chance to impress in Europe after a stint managing Chile’s national team. He has been likened to compatriot and popular manager Marcelo Bielsa for his demanding style. Should he triumph as Unai Emery’s successor at LaLiga outfit Sevilla, Arsenal could be the next option and an excellent move for both parties. 5. Massimiliano Allegri – Juventus – A winner of three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias since 2011, Allegri is quietly going about his business in making his name as a top manager. He played a key role in the rise of Sassuolo, helping them to promotion from Serie C, before moving on to Cagliari, AC Milan and then the Old Lady. With the Italian giants winning the last five titles, success in the Champions League is the main task for Allegri. Could the challenge of Arsenal and the Premier League lure him to the Emirates? 10 7. Carlo Ancelotti – Bayern Munich – The Italian has unfinished business in the Premier League after just two years as Chelsea boss. Having won it before, the 57-year-old would know what it takes to bring the Premier League trophy back to north London. Currently at Bayern Munich, Ancelotti may be tempted back for the challenge of the Premier League after a year or two in Germany. 9. Laurent Blanc – unattached – The French boss was unfortunate to leave his role at PSG in the summer. He was linked with the England vacancy to replace Roy Hodgson after winning four Ligue 1 titles with Bordeaux (one) and PSG (three) and two Coupe de France trophies, but he failed to crack the Champions League and that is ultimately what cost him the job in the French capital. The 50-year-old played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so he will have learned valuable managerial skills before retiring as a player and is 28/1 to be Arsenal’s next manager. 10 10 10. Thomas Tuchel – Borussia Dortmund – The German has a similar career path to Jurgen Klopp – continuing the good work at Mainz before taking over at Borussia Dortmund in 2015…could he be heading to the Premier League next? The 43-year-old has maintained the pressing style in Dortmund, increasing the emphasis on possession while adding flexibility to his side’s formation game-by-game. With Bayern dominating in the Bundesliga, the lure of a new project with a club of Arsenal’s size could tempt Tuchel to London. 4. Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams or Thierry Henry – Arsene Wenger takes a step back and is replaced by an Arsenal legend, who then guides the club to a first Premier League triumph in over a decade – surely an Arsenal fan’s dream scenario. The three above, all captains of the club in the past, have played a part in some of the club’s most historic campaigns, but their managerial experiences are varied and, to date, none have particularly impressed. Vieira is the most promising, as current boss of New York City, but is very much earmarked for the Man City job in future. Adams is also employed abroad, as head of youth development at Chongqing Lifan, and has never really impressed as a head coach, while Henry is assistant manager to Roberto Martinez for Belgium’s national team. Meanwhile, former Arsenal player Anders Limpar has tipped Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp for the job, according to the Evening Standard. At this stage, the dream of a Gunners legend returning to become manager, as George Graham did, is just that… a dream. 10 10 10 10 6. Steve Bould – Arsenal – The 53-year-old spent 11 years at Arsenal as a player, making over 350 appearances, and he then worked for over a decade coaching in the Gunners’ academy before succeeding Pat Rice as Wenger’s assistant. Now in his fourth year under the Frenchman, Bould could be well prepared to take over the reins without much disruption in north London. 1. Eddie Howe – Bournemouth – One of the names linked with the England post in the summer, Howe is one of the nation’s greatest managerial prospects. He may only be 38, but Howe already has eight years’ experience as a boss. He has won three promotions on the south coast, taking the club to the Premier League and making the Cherries into a competitive top-flight outfit. It will be interesting to see if he can make the step up to the very top of the game. Wenger undoubtedly trusts Howe, having allowed Jack Wilshere to move to Dean Court on loan for the season. 2. Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid – The Argentinian is probably Gunners fans’ preferred option. The passionate 46-year-old knows how to get the very best out of his players, demanding 100% in every game. He has firmly stamped his own authority on the side, to make Los Rojiblancos play a style of football that competes with Spain’s big two, in Real Madrid and Barcelona. 3. Joachim Low – Germany – The World Cup winner may want to try his hand at club football in the near future. The 56-year-old intends to remain in charge for the 2018 World Cup at least, which could coincide with Wenger’s departure should he extend his current contract. Other than Stuttgart and Fenerbahce, Low is yet to manage a big club, but under his guidance the Gunners will surely be within a sniff of the Premier League title. 10 Reports on Wednesday suggest Arsenal are lining up Eddie Howe to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.The highly-rated Bournemouth manager, 38, is the latest name to be mentioned for the post – with Wenger yet to extend his current deal which runs out next summer. The Sun claims the 66-year-old French boss could move upstairs, stating Howe is, like Wenger, ‘passionate, principled, articulate?.?.?.?and addicted to the job’.It will be interesting to see if the Gunners follow Manchester United’s route with replacing their legendary manager with a promising British boss. David Moyes was handed an opportunity but was never really given the chance to succeed at Old Trafford.LISTEN: Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn insists Arsenal-linked Eddie Howe has ‘unfinished business’ at club and is going nowhereClub legends, some of Europe’s top bosses and more have been linked – mascot Gunnersaurus (400/1) is shorter odds than high-profile fan Piers Morgan (500/1). talkSPORT has taken a look at some of the best candidates to carry on Wenger’s good work in north London. Click the right arrow, above, to see who could be on the list of managers being eyed up by Arsenal chiefs.READ MORE: Ray Parlour says Arsenal job ‘too soon’ for Eddie Howe and backs Diego Simeone to succeed Arsene Wenger?last_img

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