According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo, Marcelino travelled to London yesterday for what were rumoured to be discussions with Arsenal about the vacant post of head coach.
The Gunners are whittling down their shortlist of 643 names as they seek a replacement for Unai Emery who was fired the week before last.
The former Valencia coach is one of the names on that list – as we reported last week – and his visit to London will add fuel to that particular fire.
It’s suggested in the article that he cannot manage another Spanish team this season, perhaps due to some contractual restriction over the terms of his departure from Valencia with whom he won the Copa del Rey last season.
He is also rumoured to be in the frame for the Everton job as they look for somebody to replace Marco Silva.
Meanwhile, Croatian Niko Kovac watched the Toffees beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday, and is expected to be at the London Stadium tonight, leading to speculation regarding him and the Arsenal job.
The former Bayern Munich boss stepped down from his position at his former club in November, after a similar tenure there to Emery’s at Arsenal (April 2018-Nov 2019).
He did win a league and cup double in his full season in charge there, and crucially for a hierarchy that is not inclined to pay to extract a manager/coach from a position they currently hold, he is immediately available.
Kovac has also managed the Croatian national team, and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Other reports suggest that Edu is pushing for former teammate Patrick Vieira to be given the job.
On Friday, the current Nice coach said swatted away rumours linking him with a return to North London, saying, “I get the feeling that it disturbs you more than me or the club.
“There is nothing to say about it, there is nothing serious, nothing real. I have no comments to make about that.”
Nice were 4-1 winners over Metz on Saturday, but have won just three of their last eleven games in Ligue 1 and currently sit 13th in the table.