Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is among the candidates to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal head coach, according to the Telegraph.
The former Chelsea boss is being eyed along with Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta as potential options to take over at the Emirates.
Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times, twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, but at 60 years of age, he is not exactly a young, vibrant coach. It has led to a mixed reaction to the news on Twitter:
Brilliant coach. Would take him
— #EmeryIsOut (@wdwtoshit) November 29, 2019
— Ky Flynn (@kyflynn41) November 29, 2019
We need new young blood not this.
— Matthew (@RevEamer) November 29, 2019
He's still a top class manager.
— UpTheArse3 (@UpTheArse3) November 29, 2019
Would love this! Still one of the top managers around and most of all he always gets the starting lineup spot on. Something Arsenal have lacked this decade lol
— Ben Rennie (@TipsterRennie) November 29, 2019
— Stan (@StanSylvester) November 29, 2019
Carlo's not the man for rebuilds. That's why he turned down LFC prior to Klopp.
— Gary McNally (@GaryMcNally_) November 29, 2019
NO NO NO. He's struggling at Napoli. Nope.
— Don Raúl Sanllehi (@Lie_cann) November 29, 2019
Emery's Arsenal beat Napoli twice last year, home and away, 3-0 aggregate. Napoli are terrible this season. This manager would only cost the club loads of money.
— Dane Luttik (@3nterdanement) November 29, 2019
Ancelotti is OK or we get Pochetino
— Eric Ja'kanyipola (@Jakodwar_1) November 29, 2019
The Italian’s pedigree isn’t in question, but it must be said he is enduring a difficult season at Napoli. The Serie A side are currently seventh in the table and have not won any of their last seven games.
Ancelotti is contracted to Napoli until the end of the season, and it means sizeable compensation will be needed to bring him to England.
However, his experience of working in the Premier League and his ability to win trophies may persuade the Arsenal board to hire him.