Next Arsenal Manager: Ralf Rangnick cut, Patrick Vieira ready, Joachim Low tired

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 April 2018, 09:01

Arsenal-linked Carlo Ancelotti may be on the cusp of taking charge of the Italian national team, but a new name has replaced the former Chelsea boss in the top echelons of the next Arsenal manager market: Ralf Rangnick.

If the name rings a bell, then yes, you are correct in thinking that this is the same Ralf Rangnick who was interviewed for the England job in 2016 following the departure of Roy Hodgson.

In the end, the Football Association handed The Three Lions post to Sam Allardyce - that went well - with Gareth Southgate the current incumbent.

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Fellow German gaffers Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel are known admirers of former RB Leipzig and Schalke manager Rangnick, who doesn’t appear to have recovered from losing out to Big Sam, as he’s not stepped foot into the managerial arena since leaving his position at Leipzig in May 2016. However, he has remained at the Bundesliga club as sporting director.

On Tuesday the German was slashed from 66/1 to just 7/2 (Bet Victor) in the betting to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, although at the time of writing (Wednesday) he can be backed at a best-priced 17/1 with Paddy Power.

The sudden market move comes after Sky Sports News reported that the 59-year-old is on the Gunners shortlist, and may have already held preliminary talks.

During a lengthy managerial career, which started back in 1985, Rangnick has won domestic honours in his homeland with Schalke, Hannover, and Ulm 1846, and led VfB Stuttgart to the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal legend and current New York City boss, Patrick Vieira (20/1), has told Goal that he’s ready to step up to the plate and take charge of his former club, although he also revealed that there’s been zero contact.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique remains the favourite for the job, while ex Gunners skipper Mikel Arteta (8/1) - currently coaching under Pep Guardiola at Man City - has gathered steam in the last couple of days.

However, Germany manager Joachim Low (10/1) is reportedly reluctant to take up the job due to fears that he’ll be burnt out after this summer’s World Cup (The Times).

Meanwhile, Wenger has been linked with Everton, who are likely to dispence of Allardyce at the end of the season.

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