Middlesbrough’s hunt for a new manager is ongoing, but the latest man to be linked with the hot seat at the Riverside Stadium is Mikel Arteta.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been learning the craft of coaching as Pep Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester City for the past three years, and he may feel that it is finally time to make the next step.
If the Spaniard shows any of the tactical acumen that his mentor possesses, then he will undoubtedly be one of the best managerial appointments in Boro’s history.
Recent years have seen a lot of new blood appear on the coaching scene. Recently retired players are walking into high profile jobs and are flourishing. Frank Lampard took Derby to a playoff final, and Steven Gerrard has given Rangers fans hope that a title isn’t far away.
Arteta must be considered the hottest commodity in terms of ex-players who haven’t had a managerial job yet.
The 37-year-old has been learning from arguably the greatest football mind in the world for the past few years, and when he is ready, there is no reason he can’t become a top level gaffer himself.
Even though Arteta has the potential to be a fantastic appointment, this is surely nothing more than a pipe dream for Middlesbrough.
12 months ago he famously turned down the Arsenal job, so why would he now take charge of Boro?
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Succeeding Arsene Wenger was one of the biggest jobs in football history, and the Man City coach rejected the chance. It’s a very tough sell to make anyone believe he now wants to be the man to replace Tony Pulis at a Championship club.
Luckily it’s the summer and Boro aren’t wasting crucial time in chasing Arteta. They’re certainly moving in the right direction by showing this type of ambition, but they’re quite obviously barking up the wrong tree.