Who will be the next Arsenal manager? It’s the question on the lips of every Arsenal fan.
Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez, Brendan Rodgers, Leonardo Jardim, Joachim Loew…they’ve all been linked with the job since Arsene Wenger announced he’ll be stepping down in the summer.
From Bosnian publication, Pravda BL, comes word of a new name in the hat – Zeljko Buvac, Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man at Liverpool.
The Reds announced yesterday that Buvac, who has worked with Klopp since 2001 following him to Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, will be taking some time off for personal reasons between now and the end of the season.
Word out of Anfield is that Buvac, nicknamed ‘The Brain’, is still employed by the club and that his absence will not affect his position.
In contrast, Sport Witness, who’ve translated the original story, relay claims that Buvac is being lined up as a left-field replacement for Wenger. Moreover, apparently, Pravda BL has previous in this sort of prediction, leaking the Klopp to Liverpool story first because their source is close to Buvac.
All we know from Arsenal is that Ivan Gazidis is set on finding someone who will continue the values put in place by Arsene Wenger.
“It is important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club,” Gazidis said on the day of Wenger’s departure announcement.
“I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans, and our fans want to see that. Someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football, that gets people interested and excited in the games we play.”
Will Buvac be that man? Time will tell.