Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has revealed that he would like to manage in the Premier League. The Portuguese boss has reportedly emerged as one of the favourites to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss in the summer.
Asked about whether he would fancy trying his luck in the English top-flight, he is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘Well, I think that all managers and players want to coach and play at the highest level and, today, the Premier League is perhaps the biggest national league in Europe,’
‘Everyone would like to have the opportunity to coach here.’
Done an excellent job at Monaco
The Portuguese boss takes his free-scoring Monaco team to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night, a game which the French side are odds of 19/4 to win.
Jardim has done an excellent job turning the team from the principality into a genuine force at home and abroad. His team currently sits top of Ligue One, having found the net 76 times in the French top-flight.
Not only has he created an excellent team, he has created his team with minimal resources and nurtured some of the club’s youngsters. The fact that he has not had a major budget to work with and is still bettering big spending PSG must be a major positive for Jardim, who has also previously managed Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.
One of many prospective candidates
Jardim’s team certainly play a style of football similar to that of Arsenal, but the French side are slightly more solid in defence than the Gunners. Jardim’s performance as Monaco boss has to make him one of the possible candidates for the Arsenal job the summer if of course, Arsene Wenger does leave the position.
However, the 42-year-old is just one of a long list of candidates linked with the job, including Max Allegri, Eddie Howe, Diego Simeone and Patrick Vieira.
May all be theoretical?
The talk about Jardim arriving as the next Arsenal boss or anybody else may all be theoretical if Arsene Wenger is handed a new deal in the summer. The veteran French boss has said he would like to manage for another four years.
Wenger wants to prolong his stay at Arsenal and the decision is likely to now lie with the Gunners hierarchy. The Arsenal money men have always backed Wenger in the past, so do not be surprised if they back him once again and give him a new deal.
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