Arsenal have started to draw up a short-list of potential new managers who could succeed Arsene Wenger if the French boss decides to leave at the end of the season, according to a report from The Telegraph.
There is a strong belief amongst club hierarchy that Wenger may ultimately decide to step down when his current £8million-a-year contract ends in the summer.
Apparently, Arenal’s four-man list is led by Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, following the north Londoners’ recent enquiries over his potential suitability.
Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim are also believed to have caught the Gunners’ eye.
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Tuchel is being tipped as one of Europe’s brightest coaches since taking charge at Dortmund and many believe he could leave Germany for Arsenal.
Allegri is also reportedly interested in joining Arsenal, while Jardim’s impressive coaching style has helped Monaco progress to the Champions League’s last 16 and in the process came on Arsenal radar.
However, Schmidt is definitely a surprise inclusion but Leverkusen’s entertaining football and consistency has made him a contender for the job also.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe’s stock has fallen slightly.
Wenger has confirmed his final decision will depend on where Arsenal finish the season.
Arsenal board still has the full backing for Wenger. They are in no hurry to axe him, but the decision will be Arsene Wenger’s own.
The Club are just chalking out a succession plan considering the uncertain summer.
The French boss refused to comment on his future during Thursday’s pre-match press conference, but the never ending fan backlash has certainly made a strong effect on him after back-to-back defeats to Watford and Chelsea.