5 managers who could replace Arsene Wenger this summer
There’s a chance that Arsenal might be looking for a new manager at the end of the season and they wouldn’t be short of quality applicants
All good things must come to an end and that includes Arsene Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal FC. While the Frenchman might still be in charge in ten years’ time, there is also the possibility that Wenger might choose the end of this current season as a chance to step down after taking charge in 1996.
If the 63-year-old decided to leave, who would replace him? We can think of five men that might be interested in taking over the mantle.
• David Moyes
Moyes has been linked with the Chelsea and Manchester United manager’s position, although the Scot could be interested in a fresh challenge at the Emirates Stadium instead. While Arsenal aren’t a big-spending Premier League club, they do have bigger budgets than Everton and the Toffees boss knows how to operate within financial parameters as Wenger has done so successfully over the years.
• Diego Simeone
Simeone is probably best known in England for being kicked by David Beckham during the 1998 World Cup, although the Argentine is fast making a name for himself as a top-class manager and is doing very well with Atletico Madrid this season. He took charge in 2011 and could be interested in taking a high-profile job in England, with age on his side at 42.
• Steve Bould
Perhaps Arsenal will decide to promote from within and how about the man who is perched next to Wenger in the dug-out every week? Bould is Arsenal’s assistant manager and replaced Pat Rice in the summer, with the 50-year-old now potentially being groomed for the top position. He knows the club inside out having been Head Youth Team Coach at the successful Arsenal Academy.
• Malky Mackay
Everything Mackay has done during his managerial career to date has turned to gold. He was working wonders with a shoestring budget at Watford before taking charge of Cardiff City and his team are well clear at the top of the Championship and destined for the Premier League. If Brendan Rodgers can earn a move to a club like Liverpool, then Arsenal could come in for the Scot.
• Rudi Garcia
“Arsene Who” was the headline when Wenger replaced George Graham and the same might apply here, with Garcia currently in charge of Lille where he won the league and cup double in 2011. The 48-year-old has previously managed Saint-Etienne, Dijon and Le Mans, having built up a solid understanding of French football and might look to transfer his skills to north London.
Written by Matthew Glazier from Bettingpro.com.