Arsenal and Everton next manager target Marcelino jets into London as chiefs plot moves


Arsenal and Everton managerial target Marcelino has flown into London.

Arsenal and Everton are both looking for a new manager having sacked Unai Emery and Marco Silva respectively over the past few weeks, and Spanish boss Marcelino is available and ready for talks having arrived in England on Sunday.

Marcelino, 54, has managed a string of high-profile clubs in his native country, including Sevilla, Villarreal and Racing Santander.

The former Levante midfielder won the Copa del Rey in his second season during his recent stint with Valencia but lost his job in September with the club sat 10th in La Liga.

Spanish outlet Super Deporte has reported that Marcelino landed in London this weekend, just a day before Arsenal try end a run of nine consecutive games with a win.

Everton have also struggled for form but did beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday under the guidance of Duncan Ferguson, who has the job on a temporary basis.

Ferguson refused to be drawn on whether he wanted to be named the permanent boss at Everton, but did urge his bosses to target the top managers.

He added: “Whoever the manager is, they’ll maintain this intensity.

“We have to because we’re Everton. That’s the way we play. We have to make sure we’re aggressive, we press well and we did that today.

“We want the best managers in the world managing this football club and that’s that.”

Arsenal were linked with Brendan Rodgers before he pledged his future to Leicester with Mikel Arteta the favourite to take over.

The Spaniard is currently a coach under Pep Guardiola, who has given his blessing for the former midfielder to leave the club but hopes he will stay until the end of the season.

He said: said: ”He is ready [to be a manager]. It’s right when he has an offer and he accepts the offer.

“But if you ask whether he is ready in his knowledge of the game, as a person, as a professional; then he is ready.”

He later added: ”I’m not a guy that puts a gun to the heads of my staff or players and says what they have to do.

“We are human beings and everyone has dreams and desires. Hopefully he can stay this season and the next one —as long as possible in this club.

“The time we have spent together has been magnificent.

“That would be my dream, but Mikel has his own life and I will never say what he has to do.”


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