Arsenal see Carlo Ancelotti as a 'prime contender' to take over after Napoli exit


Arsenal fans couldn't help noticing the news from Naples on Tuesday night.

Despite leading them to Champions League progression with a 4-0 romp of Genk, manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli after just 19 months in the position.

Napoli tweeted just a few hours after the game: "SSC Napoli has taken the decision to part ways with first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"The friendship and mutual respect between the club, president Aurelio de Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact."

It came despite the fact Ancelotti appeared completely unaware of an imminent announcement, telling media that he expected to speak with Napoli's president on Wednesday. 

Ancelotti sacked by Napoli

However, we'll never find out whether Ancelotti would have guided Napoli to fourth place or not, but the legendary coach will surely see his inbox fill up very quickly with job offers.

And you can bet that two approaches will come from the Premier League.

That's because both Arsenal and Everton, who sacked Unai Emery and Marco Silva respectively in the last month, were linked to the Italian even before his Napoli departure.


Ancelotti now a 'prime contender'

And according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal 'will seek talks with' and 'accelerate their interest in' the 60-year-old now that he's become a free agent.

Arsenal are committed to maintaining a thorough recruitment process and Ancelotti has been named as a 'prime contender.'

The interview process has already begun and former Valencia boss Marcelino was one of the first to stage talks, although he's believed to be an outside bet.

Further to that, as far as Ancelotti is concerned, it's stipulated that the Kroenkes would take great credence from a former player such as Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta taking over. 

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Ancelotti isn't the right man for Arsenal, as much as it pains me to say it.

The Italian is surprisingly unexperienced when it comes to clubs outside of title contention and the recent exception to the rule - Napoli - has seen him sacked languishing seventh in the table.

Sure, the man is a serial winner and could foreseeably scoop an FA Cup within 18 months, but would achieve nothing more than Arsene Wenger did during his final half-decade in charge.


It might seem illogical to hire someone like Arteta over a three-time Champions League winner, but if Arsenal have their sights on a long-term transformation, that's exactly what they should do.

And if Ancelotti wants to rebalance his managerial career after fleeting Bayern Munich and Napoli tenures, then he'd be wise to avoid both Arsenal and Everton altogether. 

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