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Marcelino García Toral seems to be closer to living his first experience as a coach in the Premier League. The rumors in the English press speak of a clear interest of Arsenal to hire him to fill the position left by Unai Emery just a few days ago, while with the situation of Marco Silva increasingly unstable in Everton, the name of the Spanish coach also appears among the main candidates to replace the Portuguese in case the 'toffee' board decides to fire him.
Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal football director, has intensified in recent days the search for a permanent replacement for Emery and has contacted the former coach of Valencia to know his intentions. Emery had been fired last Friday after a very negative run in which he won only one of nine games, while his interim replacement, Freddie Ljungberg, debuted last Sunday in the chaotic 2-2 draw against Norwich on Carrow Road. Before the clash of Thursday against Brighton, the 'gunners' accumulate two months without victories in the Premier League and, although Ljungberg is very well regarded by the board and could be confirmed as a permanent coach if the results accompany him, his lack of first level experience plays against him.
Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino were the first names to appear on the scene, but it is known that the Argentine is pretended by other world-renowned clubs, such as Bayern Munich or Manchester United, and could be out of reach, while Rodgers is the current manager of a Leicester team which surprises with its great performance and that is located in the first positions of the English league. That is why the bet for another Spanish coach could be the solution for Arsenal, although the first reactions of the ‘gunners’ fans did not wait, and they already speak of an Emery clone that they do not want to know anything about. Meanwhile, other names such as Mikel Arteta, Nuno Espirito Santo, and Massimiliano Allegri also seem to have options to fill the vacant position at the Emirates Stadium.
Rather give Freddie Ljungberg a 10 year contract than hire Marcelino.— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) December 3, 2019
Marcelino was fired controversially by Valencia in September, when only the first games of La Liga had been played, and only four months after leading the team to a historic victory in the final of the Copa del Rey against Barcelona. The differences between the 54-year-old coach and Peter Lim, owner of the club, ended up being more important than the great popular support that the manager had after achieving that coveted title and returning Valencia to the Champions League after finishing at the fourth position in the Spanish league. Previously, Marcelino had achieved promotion with Recreativo de Huelva in his first years of career, while later also had positive experiences in Racing de Santander and Villarreal, although his spells with Zaragoza and Sevilla did not end in the best way.
In addition to Arsenal, the Spanish coach has also been linked in recent weeks to the post at Everton, a team designed to fight for Europe and that currently is 17th in the Premier League. With 8 losses in 14 games and only two points above the relegation area, the Portuguese position is at serious risk, and all the rumors indicate that he is about to be fired. If that is finally the case, Marcelino seems to be the favorite candidate for the board in Goodison Park, and the future of the Spanish coach seems to be inexorably linked to the Premier League.
???? | Everton will face competition from Arsenal for Marcelino as the Spaniard emerges as a potential candidate to replace Marco Silva.— Read Everton (@ReadEverton) December 3, 2019
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