The rumour mill is in full effect regarding Unai Emery and possible replacements – not to mention when and actually IF the Spaniard will be getting the sack.
There are opposing stories everywhere you look – some say that Arsenal are loath to part with severance payments that would be issued to Emery and his backroom staff should their contracts be ended.
Some say that the Boardroom and the playing staff are united in their desire for Emery to leave the club and for the squad to be under new direction.
Still, there is no smoke without fire and the bookies are enjoying the names that are being linked with the managerial position that would be vacated should Emery be given his marching orders.
The usual names are being mentioned, with Mikel Arteta, Max Allegri and Freddie Ljungberg all on the shortlist – but one name has risen sharply, and in just 24hrs has been installed as odds-on favourite.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is now the bookies man to be in the running to take over from Emery if Raul Sanllehi and company decide to part ways with our current boss. The Portuguese manager has overseen a revolution at Wolves, taking them from the Championship and then manufacturing a Premier League finish that earned the Midlands side a European spot for the first time since the 60’s.
His transfer buys have been astute – Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho have been revelations, as well as Ruben Neves and Jonny – and he has also promoted from within too.
It is his brand of football that has earned the most admirers though. Wolves play an open brand of football in attack, and can hurt in both wide areas as well as passing through the centre. It is cavalier football, and very much in-keeping with the Arsenal brand.
Espirito Santo fits the bill but it may take some negotiations with Wolves for them to lose their man – and with both Allegri and Ljungberg being far less costly options – the jury is out on possible replacements.
Also, Emery is still at the club!