Arsenal reported to have made contact with Max Allegri

Max Allegri

Arsenal has already made contact with Max Allegri about replacing Unai Emery.

The Gunners had to fire the former PSG and Sevilla manager after they lost 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

That loss was the seventh consecutive time that they have failed to win a game in all competitions and proved to be the last straw for Emery.

The Gunners have named Freddie Ljungberg as their interim manager, but the Swede will be replaced when they hire a permanent manager.

A report from FourFourTwo is claiming that Arsenal has contacted former Juventus boss, Max Allegri about the managerial role.

According to the report, Allegri is interested in taking over at the Emirates but there are concerns over his grasp of the English language and his preference to start a new job in the summer instead of now.

Allegri won five consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus and led the Old Ladies to two Champions League finals.

The Gunners are also considering former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancellotti for the position.
Ancelotti who is currently managing Napoli won the Premier League and FA Cup during his stint as Chelsea manager.

I have to be honest and say that either will do for me. Basically, anyone but Mauricio Pochettino.

It would also be nice to see Freddie given a few games to see if he has what it takes to be handed the role on a permanent basis.

Updated: November 29, 2019 — 7:00 pm

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  1. I doubt this news..arsenal likes cheap fix..so I am going for arteta and pochentino

    1. You really have very low standards. Poch has never won a trophy in 12 years of management. Arteta has never managed a club. Neither are remotely good enough

      1. I have high standards,arsenal have low standards.. they like them cheap!!

  2. Can anyone, HONESTLY, see Allegri ever accepting working under Scrooge Kroenke? Neither can I! Of course I can well imagine ARSENAL WANTING HIM BUT AS TO HIM ACCPETING, WITH PRACTICALLY NO FUNDS TO STRENGTHEN AND BEARING IN MIND THAT WE NEED ALMOST AN ENTIRE DEFENCE TOO, NO SOBER MINDED ANALYSIS CAN EVER SEE ALLEGI AS OUR MANAGER. Just is not going to happen. Not under Kroenke!

    1. We spent £130 million last summer and have one of the strongest squads in the country. We have Saliba next season and with Bellerin, Tierney, Holding and Chambers we have the basis of a good defence but maybe a couple of additions. I cannot see why Allegri is not a realistic choice and I really hope we contact and persuade him to come

      1. I hope too but I am a realist . He won’t accept.

        1. jon, I agree with your assessment. Money for personal terms and the required transfer budget were the issues when Arsenal considered Allegri after Wenger. In addition Allegri also has minimal command of English, worse than Emery in this regard.

    2. Personally i won’t like allegri at arsenal the same way I never wanted emery despite their trophy halls,he was quite lucky @ juve, he met a well built and structured team by conte with little or no competitor in italy, he’s as pragmatic as fuck and with much competition in england he will be exposed just the way emery has bn exposed,the only time he won the league @ Milan was all zlatan’s show, just a year after, the same team started struggling for relegation immediately zlatan left for PSG ,he was bereft of ideas and was confused till he was sacked,to me the best Italian coach @ the moment is conte,if we r ambitious we should go all out to get him, well pochetino is not a bad coach, I believe if ha had coached the likes of juve,Bayern psg etc he could have won trophies,using trophies to judge coaches is quite harsh,just as we found out with emery,the ability to get the best out of players available to u should be the best yardstick to judge coaches,before we hired Wenger in 1996 our obvious choice was Johan cryuff,two of football purits,it definitely shows the line our want to go,Barcelona has kept to Johan cryuff philosophy till today,why r we so much in a hurry to discard Wenger’s philosophy, a philosophy that offered us trophies,fame,more wealth,more fan base ,etc ,the truth remains arsenal couldn’t have bn this big without the influence of Wenger!let’s see how Freddie fares, who knows he might be our own pep gardiola!

  3. i really do dislike this people… instead they should look for someone with experience, like former(arsene wenger) so i do prefer arteta

  4. Yes give Freddie a chance if not Allegri

  5. Martin’s comment is good.
    We have the squad.
    A fresh input will do this hopefully.
    Ps.
    Unai thanks it just never worked out.

    1. Allegri? For me, that is a no, thank you! We would be toying with another Unai Emery situation. How? Language. The grasp of the English language reportedly did Emery in. His communication with his players was not up to scratch and it affected the team very badly. So, why repeat the same mistake in hiring Allegri?

      Arteta looks a risk to me but the best ‘risk’ imo. Some say he has not won anything so he’s not worth the position. No coach becomes a coach because his licence came because he started winning things. They all start from the same level. Winnng things come later. That is where a lot of us don’t want to start: the real beginning of every good coach.

      Every good, winning coach becomes good and win things because someone took the risk on them to hire them and gave them a chance. None was born with trophies in their hands as they came into the world.

      Arteta for me everyday of the week. He knows the club, has been our captain, has learnt from a serial winner in Pep Guardiola and will be the closest to what we need, on paper.

      He was said to have featured high on the list when Emery pulled a fast one on the board and dazzled his way to the job. The rest, as they say, is history.

  6. Rumours will abound, most of them rubbish….

  7. Get Allegri and give him an interpreter. Jose Mourhino started as an interpreter to Bobby Robson at Barcelona.

  8. A proper manager please, no to Arteta. Rather have Freddie than Arteta; Freddie already knows the squad, youth players believe in him, and we know how he runs a team.

    No more experiments like Emery or Arteta; Allegri or Ancelloti, someone with a track record of winning.

    1. You make it sound like this was Emery’s first managerial job! Anyone Arsenal bring in will be an experiment. That’s the nature of the beast.

  9. No matter who we bring in as coach we need a leader on the pitch and we do not have one right now. We need an on-pitch leader in the mould of Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Roy Keane, Sergio Ramos and Vincent Kompany. We need a captain who leads by example and takes the bull by the horn when things are not going well. A captain who gives the other players the strength to carry on through the last mile even when things are not going right.

    1. Exactly right, we have not had a proper leader since Patrick. At times they look like little boys lost!!!

      1. Spot on; there are fundamental issues with leadership, physical and mental fragility, character and scouting and recruitment, which go beyond the head coach. These issues have not been addressed some years prior to or since the arrival of Emery. Interviews by Matthew Upson (Sky Football Central), Gary Neville (Sky) and Steve Nichol and Craig Burley (ESPN Football) fully state these issues.

  10. I would prefer Freddie for the time being and see how the going goes. He is a true Gunner in and out and if he succeeds there is nothing like it. He can be given the permanent role.

  11. Allegri might accept due to a high salary Arsenal would give him.
    It would prove to be a wrong move, I feel, and it’s a gamble due to his lack of consistent style of play, communication issues, and lack of knowledge of the English game.

    Ancelotti is at Napoli, so end of season at the earliest. But his failures at PSG and Bayern don’t bode well.

    Arteta – a gamble due to leadership capabilities, but also a bigger potential for greatness than other candidates.

    Rodgers – good, but end of season earliest. – also expensive to cancel his Leicester contract.

    It’s Ljungberg until the end of the season for me, followed by either Arteta, Nagelsmann, Ten Hag, or Rodgers.

  12. Great list at the end of your write-up @Diogenes.

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