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Arsenal are reportedly confident they can land Luis Enrique ahead of Chelsea after the Blues baulked at the Spaniards wage demands, said to be in the region of £15m-a-year.
If that seems excessive, then you’d be right.
Arsene Wenger is currently earning £8.9m-per-year while any new boss would come in with a much smaller remit than the Frenchman has had over the past two decades. It looks, however, like Arsenal will have to pay their new manager more to do less.
At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho earns £15m. Pep Guardiola gets £15.3m at City but the highest paid manager in world football is the Chinese national team manager, Marceollo Lippi, who earns £18m-per-year.
£15m-a-year translates into £288k-per-week for those who prefer their salaries more like footballers although it is hoped that he will consider a lower salary after a year out of the game.
Of course, according to the same report in the Telegraph, Arsenal haven’t even made a decision who will be their new manager
Ivan Gazidis reportedly wants to do a ‘thorough’ job which is all very well and good, but we don’t have that much time.
Despite being caught short last summer, it seems the club are, once again, unprepared for life after Wenger which is just staggering.
Matt Law also writes in the Telegraph that Arsenal are ‘not expected to go for an Italian which would rule out Allegri or Sari,’ but I find it very strange to think that Arsenal are chunking their potential managers into nationalities and ruling them out by country.
Law also claims that Allegri is not seen as someone who could energise the stadium and bring back stay-away fans which seems another odd claim to make. Three league titles in a row with a fourth this season a real possibility doesn’t seem to be something that would quieten fans or keep them away.
For whatever reason, most likely an inability to make a decision for themselves without Wenger, Arsenal are not expected to make an appointment until May is well underway.