Graeme Souness doubts Carlo Ancelotti will want Arsenal job

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is pictured applauding his players during their game against Genk
Napoli sacked Ancelotti on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

Graeme Souness doubts any top manager wants to take on the Arsenal job following Carlo Ancelotti’s exit from Napoli.

Arsenal are expected to seek talks with Ancelotti about becoming their next manager, with Freddie Ljungberg placed in temporary charge at the Emirates.

The Gunners are reportedly prepared to interview as many as ten candidates, but Souness, a former Liverpool player, warned Arsenal they might struggle to bring in someone line Ancelotti.

‘Would the big managers take Arsenal at the moment? I’m not so sure,’ he told Virgin Sport Media.

Arsenal Interim Head Coach Freddie Ljungberg jokes with Per Mertesacker and Sal Bibbo on the Arsenal bench during a game
Ljungberg is in temporary charge at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t think the next man at Arsenal is going to be the one to turn the corner for them. I think there’s a lot of work to be done there, especially with those players.

‘I think [Ancelotti] is a big manager and if you look at the jobs he’s had – Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea – you know Arsenal are a fabulous club, but right now it’s a difficult job, whoever gets it.’

Ancelotti is yet to comment on the speculation linking him to a return to the Premier League, as Everton are also reportedly interested in him.

Napoli sacked Ancelotti on Tuesday night following their 4-0 win over Genk and their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Ancelotti has plenty experience of the Premier League having previously coached Chelsea, Arsenal’s local rivals.

Arsenal’s board are to yet to come to a consensus on who should be the next head coach and are prepared to wait until the end of the season to appoint a new manager.

Freddie Ljungberg will remain in charge until a new full-time coach can be found.

Mikel Arteta is believed to be leading the race, but Pep Guardiola’s No.2 is seeking assurances from the Arsenal board.

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