Are Arsenal trying a get a new manager on the cheap?

Every day there are another four or five names thrown in the air as prospective successors to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and as we have seen earlier today the Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has been mooted as the new man, but there are still lots of other rumours around.

The Star confidently reports that the Gunners have reached an agreement “in principle” with Carlo Ancelotti, and the footy journalist Ian McGarry is also confident that the net is closing on on Enrique to replace Wenger at the Emirates.

He revealed: “I can say with some authority that there have been three meetings with Luis Enrique and his representatives in the past four months.

“And it’s my understanding that while there are other candidates, and no decision has been made, that’s the most attention Arsenal have paid to any one candidate in the time they’ve been looking for Arsene Wenger’s replacement.”

But there were other rumours saying that Enrique was demanding 20m to take over at the Emirates, which is over double what Arsene wenger was earning. I find that very unlikely as I have said before, but the Star report says that Ancelotti has only been offered 5m euros (4.4m GBP) to take on the role, which seems much more likely to me.

Another link today is with Jose Mourinho’s assistant coach Rui Faria who has worked with Jose for 15 years and helped him win numerous trophies over his career, and I would imagine that this sort of wage is about the best that a coach taking on the top job for the first time would be expecting to earn.

Ancelotti would never accept that amount with his fantastic record, so if that is all we are offering then perhaps the Buvac rumour is the most likely?



  1. Chet says:

    Remember “Arsené who? ”

    This question became famous with the introduction of the French Gaffer.

    As long as whoever is coming in is going to continue with the “beautiful game” tiki taka, and still haul in Trophies ?, I’m good.

    1. Gunner22 says:

      Arsene who for the British media. He was respected in France and Japan before that, c’mon, tired of those jibes. Really sick of Stan and Ivan

      1. MR D J JONES says:

        Agreed . Stan wants to stay in the states & let his little boy look after things at the EMIRATES so money will not spent . so why not sell to Alisher Usmanof & David DEIN Who will rebuild the Team & Spend BIG ?GOONERS FOREVER

    2. tony says:

      fyi we dont play tiki taka we never did.we play wenger ball which is a bad version of tiki taka.
      i will excited with buvac though.he is with klopp for a long time. love the way how kloop plays football.

      1. Nay Sayer says:

        Not really a bad version of tiki taka.
        Replace Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, and Messi with Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi and Ozil or vice versa, you’ll understand what I mean.

        It’s true, though, that we could have had better players had we not been EXTREMELY cheap when it comes to paying scouts. We pay less for ALL SCOUTS in a year than we pay for the manager in one month. Draw your own conclusions… Also extending contracts to players devoted to mediocrity was all Wenger’s fault.

    3. Chau says:

      Get Tony Adams, he can accept whatever offered by Arsenal Board. He also had some advantages:
      1) He can save a lot of money for Arsenal, as he accept anything offered including salary and transfer budget.
      2) He know how to defend, which is different from Wenger (who people says is not areal coach).
      3) His team will play defensively, which can bring better chance of success to a team with small budget but very ambitious like Arsenal.
      4) Arsenal fans will be very happy to have him as he also does not like Wenger. Seat in stadium will be be empty.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Kroenke had done it this way all along for players.

    It doesn’t surprise to see same old stupid way for Manager as well. It was an exercise which we had not done in 20 years.

    We might not have a new manager before Aug, I fear.

  3. #MAGA says:

    No it’s all just click bait paper talk to sell newspapers.

  4. Bereket says:

    Buvac and rui faria really …why the world you take that kind risk …wenger should stay

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Honestly, i wouldnt mind Buvac

      1. Nay Sayer says:

        Second Buvac, as he’s known as the brains behind Klopp’s counterpressing style.

        Faria, though, no thanks. It’s clear by association with Mourinho that he’s not for us.

  5. Goonerboy says:

    I fear Enrique might be the one coming because of the connection with Raul. and the rumours about him are the strongest i hope it is just a media thing plssss.

    If you consider the qualities Gazidis is looking for in our next manager, may be you wont really fancy Enrique.
    Arsenal does things in a frustrating way, the new manager ought to have been decided before now and should have been announced, so that he can start his work under the radar as Wenger’s departure draws nearer, it helps to prepare well for next season.

    1. Ernie says:

      He wont be announced until atleast after thursday game Buvac from Liverpool might be interview and arsenal board might like what they hear from him big name manager doesnt guarantee you anything – Zidane/Pep/Enrique all did great compare to managers who have experience and degrees/masters

  6. Sony says:

    If we get some rookie I would rather have Wenger out one more season as you know it can always get worse with Wenger mid table at least. I do not want to get relegated Haha.

    Get someone with experience or high potential not some assistant. Yes Wenger was unknown, but he won French league so it is not similar okey.

    1. Ernie says:

      No Sir, wenger gotta go! we just need a tactician – somebody who knows what we need in 1st eleven and bench/quality squad depth, we been having same problem for long time – Reiss nelson has potential but is not ready for 1st team you cant put him against Barc/madrid and expect to have good result that will be a comedy!! Zidane was a player when wenger was coaching but he did a lot in two years compare to wenger did in 22years – even Klopp and pep dont have managerial experience compare to wenger but they know what they need.

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        Yes indeedy they do know exactly what they need….money money money…and they have received it in the millions.
        Now we need to know if the owner and board will finally release the millions that wenger has earnt by qualifiying 20 years in a row for the CL.

  7. For me I will be more than happy if they could just appoint a former Arsenal player such as Henry instead of getting a junior manager.

    1. jon fox says:

      Without ANY managerial experience at a top club? I would be seriously interested to know exactly why you think that could work, please? Have you actually thought deeply about it at all even?

      1. Neil says:

        Who is your choice Jon ?

    2. Ernie says:

      Vieira/Henry dont have credential to coach arsenal and personality wise they cant control their emotional/body languages

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        Ernie, So you think we should go for Simeone, Klopp, Head butting Zidane or even eye gouging Maureen?
        They all come under your example of “can’t control their emotions / body language do they not?
        I agree that Henry doesn’t have the experience, but Vieria alongside Bergkamp might just fit the bill.
        Just remember though, we shouldn’t have to do anything on the cheap, because Gazidis told us money was not a problem.

  8. Godswill says:

    Just like going after players the whole world will speculate before we act.
    Before Wenger had made the announcement, which I think was the decision of the Board and Wenger, they should have had someone in mind and discussed.
    As usual. Arsenal way ever since Dean left.

  9. ks-gunner says:

    A un experienced manager should stay away from the club. For our own good and his as well. The kind of toxic atmosphere he would be working under. Just imagine the pressure of not having the backing, neither from the cult a like Wengerits who are still bitter and resentful, and regular Arsenal fans who will demand fast progress after all these years of waiting.

    Spurs did not so good by experimenting, neither did Liverpool and still Manure are doing okays. So no need to do the same mistakes. Arsenal needs to play it smart. Joardim is our guy.

    1. jon fox says:

      A most sensible and well thought out post. I would hate to even imagine the empty seats a novice would cause in first game next season. It must be fully acknowledged by almost all Gooners , now, after the success of the regular empty seats in getting this otherwise unsuccessful change, that there is now a power shift in favour of us fans(and other clubs too, if they choose to do likewise). I think many have taken this success for granted and thought no more about it now that Wenger is soon going. But I can clearly see how MUCH power we now have , that many , though not me, never thought we had in the first place. I was calling for an empty stadium way back in time as the method to force Wenger out and I want to make it very clear to any who possibly still doubt us, how much actual power to change things we – and all fans – have demonstrated. They will not now DARE appoint a novice who we fans will not accept. I actually think they have seriously considered the like of Arteta and Viera but have been thwarted by the knowledge that we fans will never accept those names. We must NEVER forget what a LANDMARK change this now is. FOR ALL TIME!!!

      1. Neil says:

        So who is your pick Jon ?

      2. Ken 1945 says:

        Jon Fox,
        From previous posts, I think you said that you started calling for empty seats ten years ago and gave up your season ticket two years ago.
        So although you remind us yet again that it was you who had the vision to recognise the power of the fan, it did take rather a long time for it to happen!
        We haven’t got that luxury now, so whoever the board appoint the fans must give him the opportunity to succeed. Empty seats on the first day of the season would be a ridiculous thing to do, especially if you haven’t got a seat to give up anyway!!
        Even if Arteta was given the job, we should at least give him the chance to succeed shouldn’t we?
        Remember Jon, too much power can go to ones head.
        There is no one person who will appease all the fans when he is appointed, just look at how your view and mine on Vieria differ.
        I do agree with you on one very important point, the appointment to be made by the board is a LANDMARK decision.
        If they get it wrong, then all the bitterness of the last few seasons will count for nothing, So my view and suggestion is let’s wait and see who is appointed, discuss the merits or otherwise and then fill the ground to the rafters in support of the guy.

    2. Ken 1945 says:

      KS Gunner,
      I am a”regular Arsenal fan” who supported Arsene Wenger and proud of it.
      I will give my support to whoever takes over his role.
      I am not resentfull in the least that he is going, but I am very sad that you still seem to want to continue trying to divide the clubs supporters.
      It is so interesting to note that those fans who wanted him out keep bringing it up and cannot seem to move on. Maybe you should think about the anti Wenger “cult” and what damage you are still doing despite the fact that your wish has been granted.
      If there is to be a toxic atmosphere in the ground, it will be because the board have promised so much and woe betide them if they don’t deliver AND that should be the view of EVERY single Arsenal supporter.

  10. Sue says:

    Just read about loads of former players being invited to the last home game on Sunday…. buzzing I can’t wait!! ?

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Can you give me any idea of who is coming?
      Up here in Scotland the only talk is about Gerrard to Rangers would you believe!!!!

      1. Sue says:

        All of the 100 club have been invited.. which as you know are players with over 100 appearances & who have retired. There’s a list on the Arsenal website. The names I saw were Wilson, Wright, Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Adams, Dixon, Keown etc etc… I’m very excited about this Ken!! ?

      2. Sue says:

        Haha I can imagine that Ken!! Although I wonder if he’ll take the job!

  11. MR D J JONES says:

    Agreed . Stan wants to stay in the states & let his little boy look after things at the EMIRATES so money will not spent . so why not sell to Alisher Usmanof & David DEIN Who will rebuild the Team & Spend BIG ?GOONERS FOREVER

  12. Ernie says:

    He wont be announced until atleast after thursday game Buvac from Liverpool might be interview and arsenal board might like what they hear from him big name manager doesnt guarantee you anything – Zidane/Pep/Enrique all did great compare to managers who have experience and degrees/masters

  13. sameoldexcuses says:

    I guess the board will attempt to get some one who is cheap, and with the same or similar spending habits as Arsene. I do not really trust them to be thinking about a trophy winner. I would have loved us to get a manager with a clear winning mentality, one who will sustain our beautiful way of playing, a good mentor and nurturer of young talent and true gentleman as far as relations with players, fans, other clubs and the media is concerned.

  14. RSH says:

    Go a safe option and just get someone experienced. Who has at the very least managed in the top 5 european leagues. No assistants. Arsenal trying to be clever and unearth the next big thing. Please don’t screw this up. And no, board is not going cheap if you saw what they paid AW. They have no problem stumping up money for managers.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      But they did have problems stumping up money for players like Lemar, Griezmann etc etc.
      Let’s hope they can see the error of their ways regarding having to pay top dollar for top players.

  15. georgie b says:

    Hey, the man is called “the brain” for good reason.

  16. Sergio says:

    If we’re only offering £5m to the new manager then I can understand why we’re being linked with assistants.

    What a joke.

    Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Pochettino, Conte, and even bloody Allardyce are on more in the PL.

    Of course we’ll never attract the likes of Allegri and Simeone with a wage like that.

    Sounds like we’re trying to cement ourselves in the top 6.

  17. Ozziegunner says:

    Now that arsene Wenger is going, he is no longer available to run interference for Kroenke and the board.
    They are now centre stage and the spotlight is on them. The Arsenal fans wait with bated breath to see the ambition demonstrated by Kroenke and the board in appointing the next manager.

  18. Jeremy says:

    I hope Kroenke is not trying to announce someone who is not what we might be happy with, after the season tickets sale. I just won’t trust the board ever again.

    Seen some news that Mislintat might be the king maker. Hope there is some check and balance. Especially considering that he was appointed by the puppet board.

  19. Aussie Jack says:

    Buvac seems to have served an impressive apprenticeship and won`t be pushed around easily. Under normal circumstances I would give him my vote but with Kroenke and Gazidis in charge it could ruin his career. Come to think of it I can`t see any replacement lasting twenty years, can you?

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