Premier League club already have their eye on Freddie Ljungberg

West Ham monitoring Freddie Ljungberg as potential Manuel Pellegrini replacement.

Arsenal’s new boss, Freddie Ljungberg is one good stint away from earning another leading role in the Premier League.

The Swede has just been named Arsenal manager on an interim basis with the Gunners looking to name a permanent replacement as soon as they can.

A report from Star Sports claims that the Hammers are currently considering if they should fire Manuel Pellegrini or not.

The Chilean claimed a great win away at Chelsea today and may have bought himself some time but he is a long way from being safe.

Pellegrini is currently being considered as one of the favourites to be fired by his club and West Ham are considering Ljungberg as a potential replacement.

The report further claims that Ljungberg is highly thought of in the managerial circle and the Swede could land the job if he does a good job as Arsenal’s caretaker manager.

Ljungberg played the 2007/2008 season at West Ham after leaving Arsenal and the Hammers’ fans fondly remember his time there.

Norwich City represents Ljungberg’s first opponent as a senior manager and he will be keen to start on a high note.

You have to think this is a bit premature, I doubt his name was even thought off prior to the sacking of Emery. However, if he does get Arsenal off to a good start under his tenure then his stock will surely rise.

Another factor to take into consideration is that Ljungberg will probably no longer be an assistant manager once a permanent manager is named.

12 Comments

  1. Thomaskelly says:

    Get Allegri for 4 or 5 years then give it to Freddie

  2. jojo franks says:

    Freddie was a great player. So was every member of the 2004 team. I am not to sure about the best Manager to take Arsenal forward. Ancelotti is a proven winner. But maybe an ex-Arsenal player might be best for us…

  3. Viera Lyn says:

    No one is disputing that Freddie could provide a much-needed boost for this underachieving bunch, but it’s still a bit too risky for this club, at this time and considering our complete failure to deal with all things club-related in a competent and timely manner since we took the bait and bought into the great “Emirates stadium” rouse…since that time we have witnessed the difficulties that ManU has encountered since Fergie left, the futility Liverpool faced until Klopp arrived and the possibilities of greatness when you have a fully engaged manager like Pep and the right financial backing, yet somehow we never seem to learn…instead we continue to stumble blindly into the future hoping that maybe this year things will change, maybe this year Kroenke will actually spend some of his own money, maybe this year we’ll get a proper DM and a dominant CB to boot, maybe this year we’ll learn how to win away from home and maybe this year we won’t bottle it when it matters most…this club, at this time, needed those in charge to step up and finally make a decisive decision that finally got us over the hump, instead of another half-measure, band-aid, settling sideways move that leaves us with more questions than answers

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍

  4. Daulat says:

    Seems the chiefs aren’t in a hurry to find a permanent manager. So Freddie will get time to prove himself. Here’s hoping he does well.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 Better to support Freddie Ljundberg and see who is available at the end of this season.
      Arsenal have to get the next head coach appointment right!

  5. Diogenes says:

    Arteta, Arteta, Arteta.
    Those are our 3 best options to move forward with attacking style and modern progressive game play.

    Nagelsmann, Ten Hag, Rodgers as other options if we wait until end of season.

    Freddie as a caretaker is fine, but we should not commit the Solskjaer mistake. Freddie may be rated highly in the right circles, but not nearly as highly as Arteta who has the potential to be the next Pep. If we wait, he won’t ever come to us and we will forever chase has-beens.

    Just no to has-beens like Ancelotti, no to the small-team mentality and Mendes contamination of Nuno, and no to the Italian Emery version 2.0 — Allegri (unless every other option is unavailable).

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Diogenes, on what criteria are you basing the promotion of Mikel Arteta as the next coach at Arsenal? What are the key points in his coaching CV impresses you, because I have seen nothing in his character as a player or his performance since to show he has what it takes to succeed as Head Coach at Arsenal.

      1. Diogenes says:

        Arteta is rated very highly at City. He is an intelligent man who has learned many years from Wenger and then years from Pep. A combination of knowledge of working under or with two such giants is unique. If you think 3 years of learning DAILY from Pep is not enough to learn how to play attractive and effective attacking football, then tell me who has had better teachers.

        The only possible risks with Arteta are thus
        1. He is retarded. In years of DAILY working with Pep he has somehow not learned enough. Do you think he is THAT stupid? You’re alone if you do.
        2. He may not have the sufficient authority over top players

        So effectively there’s one risk. Name another candidate that is not a risk in at least one aspect.
        Rodgers failed with Liverpool and was only good when Suarez had that unbelievable and unrepeatable season.
        Ancelotti had recent issues in Bayern, failed to win La Liga in 2 years at Real, with PSG lost the French ligue 1 to Montpellier
        Allegri – no playing identity, no knowledge of language, no experience in the league, reliance on top players, which showed when Milan sold their stars, which means trouble for our youngsters
        Nuno Santo – a small-team coach. When at Porto was sacked when his team had trouble breaking defensive teams. Comes joint at the hip with Jorge Mendes who uses clubs as his own playground (okay for Wolves who thus get a few players out of their league, but bad for a big club like Arsenal)
        etc
        etc

        My question is this: who has Freddie learned from that we can hope for absolute top quality coaching?
        Modx below said something a bit foolish about doubting whether Arteta is a genius.
        No! Arteta DOESN’T HAVE TO BE a genius; he has learned from the best for about 1.200 days now.
        Freddie hasn’t, so FREDDIE has to be a genius to be an absolute top level coach without Arteta’s amazing opportunity.

      2. Angus says:

        His captaincy at Arsenal and the fact we dropped out the top 4 and never made it back since he left. The fact all of Pep, Poch and Wenger wanted him in their 1st team coaching set up the moment he retired. The fact he has now worked as an assistant under Pep for 3 years. The fact Pep publicly credited him with Sterling’s rise in form in his 1st season at City.

        Some quotes:

        Wenger – “He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites” For his job when he left

        Pep- “I’m pretty sure, yes,” said Guardiola when asked if Arteta could succeed him as Man City boss, per The Times.

        “He will have success, yes. But he decided to stay – thanks – but everyone decides what he’ll do in the future. Sooner or later it’s going to happen.

        “He’s a young manager, he’s 37, so he is so young but he has experience already to handle big players and teams and when it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.

        “He’s helped me a lot. From day one, so not just the last two seasons, from day one. He has an incredible work ethic, and he has a special talent to analyse what happens, and to find the solutions.

        “We talk a lot about what he believes and feels and so on. He helped me a lot, especially in the first year. He knew the Premier League – like for example in games against Stoke or whatever.

        “He can tell me about the players we will face better than myself, because he played against them and was in the Premier League for ten or 11 years. That’s a long time.

        “He’s so happy when we win but suffers when we don’t and that is why he tries to find a solution. He’s an incredible human being, with incredible values about what it means in the locker room to be together, and he is already an incredible manager and he’ll have incredible success in his future. We see the football in really quite a close way.”

        Perarnau (Spanish journalist who’s written two books on Pep) –

        “Do you remember from Sunday’s game, after the second goal [against Arsenal], Pep’s hug with Mikel?” he told the podcast at the time.

        “That was because Mikel said to Mendy, ‘Don’t make a high cross when you get to the end line, make a cut-back along the floor,’ and after that Bernardo scored the goal.

        “He [also] talked with Mendy and Sterling to try to make a double pass before the last cut-back.”

        Sane –

        “People always ask me about training under Pep, but the things I’ve learnt from Mikel Arteta!” the winger is quoted in Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam.

        “We get on brilliantly, he’s a lovely guy and a great coach. And he’s always right. He’ll watch me at training and then afterwards he’ll tell me what he thinks. He doesn’t just suggest something and leave me to get on with it.”

        Per –

        “I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me,” he recently told FourFourTwo.

        “I was by his side during team meetings and we had a great bond. I’d love to work with him again, a top guy.”

        Same Lee –

        “Arteta is the one who worked closest with Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko to mould them into emergency replacements for Benjamin Mendy,” wrote The Athletic’s Man City insider Sam Lee.

        “Arteta did not want Delph to leave when he had an offer from Stoke City in the summer of 2017, and held one-on-one sessions with both men to teach them their new duties.

        “In midfield, he has been working with Rodri to drill into him the Guardiola basics, such as body positioning, as well as teaching him when to press and when not to.”

    2. Modx says:

      Why is arteta a better option than fred?? Both are inexpierienced. Infact fred has more compared to arteta when it comes to managing a team. Arteta is a huge risk and just because he is working under pep doesnt make him a genius! Lets not be fooled. If we say arteta why not fred!

      1. Angus says:

        See above. Freddie is a bigger risk than Arteta. The idea that Freddie’s work with U23’s for 1 year outweighs Arteta’s working with Pep for 3 is laughable. Especially when you consider the one on one work with Sterling/Sane, personally retraining Delph/Zinchenko into LB’s etc.

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