Following Unai Emery’s departure from Arsenal, things have begun to hot up in terms of who will be the next permanent manager at the Emirates. Reports in recent weeks have suggested the Gunners have lined up a 12-man shortlist of possible candidates for the role, but there appears to be some new names who are entering into the conversation too.
According to Goal, former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is the latest man to be touted for the job, with the report claiming that his representatives have gotten in touch with Arsenal over taking over at the club. It adds that the Croatian “hopes his immediate availability could be viewed favourably by the Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, who are leading the hunt for the club’s new head coach.”
And after hearing about the links to Kovac, Gunners fans flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts on him potentially being the man to succeed Emery on a full-time basis.
Don’t you dare sanllehi
— Devin (@afcdevin) 8 December 2019
Oh lord Save this club pic.twitter.com/CwZlltcbTd
— ÀnonymouS (@Anonymous0766) 8 December 2019
— TheZoom (@TheThezoom) 8 December 2019
He is awful! No chance!!!!
— Luke Taylor (@tayll427) 8 December 2019
A couple of Arsenal fans insisted they would even rather keep current interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg over appointing Kovac, whilst there were also some people harking back to Emery.
Is Better to keep Ljunberg than taking Kovac.
— Vg (@vngafc) 8 December 2019
We better stay with Freddie than appoint Kovac
— Gun-star (@Nizhnikov) 8 December 2019
Kovac ? OMD Bring Emery back man
— UpTheGun (@MwauraMarvin) 8 December 2019
Unais twin brother. He is so poor. It could be the worst option for Arsenal.
— Arsenal108 (@ArsenalDJ108) 8 December 2019
With Goal claiming that Kovac is not being considered as a front-runner for the job, it will be interesting to see whether the Croatian’s chances of becoming the club’s manager is boosted by yet more poor results for Arsenal. That could prompt the Gunners hierarchy into taking immediate action, and appointing someone who is already out-of-work may be a more desirable option than waiting until the summer.