Claudio Ranieri is coming under fire at Leicester City currently, with his side struggling to cope with the expectations following their miraculous Premier League title win last season, but should he be on the shortlist to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
The French manager has been in charge in North-London for over 20 years now, but with his contract set to expire this summer, he finally looks like he may be ready to quit.
Wenger has come under increased pressure from the fans over the past few seasons, with many growing frustrated with their failure to mount a serious title challenge, and last season’s failure to some was the most bitter pill to swallow.
Our side came second last year, finishing above all our usual rivals, but the Foxes won the division, and that was unacceptable to some Gunners fans, who have now watched 13 years go by without lifting a title.
The season of our Invincibles, our last Premier League title win, was Ranieri’s last season in charge of Chelsea FC, an he led the Blues to second in the table, and would most likely have won the division had he got to stay as boss, but new owner Roman Abramovich had other ideas.
Claudio may well be available to find a new job come the end of the season, and with us on the look-out for one, does he deserve to be looked at?
Does his side’s struggles this term mean he should be overlooked, or is it more feasible that this should have been expected? It is common knowledge that the year following a title win is the most difficult, and for a side who do not have the funding nor the squad size to seriously compete in the Champions League as well as the league, they are doing particularly well in the elite European competition.
His age would likely rule him out of taking over in a long-term capacity which may well be an issue, but would his appointment be taken well by Arsenal fans?