Marcelino ‘not optimistic’ about being offered Arsenal job after face-to-face interview

Marcelino interviewed by Arsenal
The ex-Valencia boss feels Arsenal will want a complete departure from Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Former Valencia manager Marcelino has little confidence that he will be Arsenal’s next head coach despite sitting down for an interview with the club’s hierarchy this week.

The Gunners parted company with Unai Emery at the end of November after he presided over a poor run of form that was finally ended by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg on Monday night against West Ham, picking up a first win since October.

Despite Ljungberg’s victory, Arsenal’s decision-makers are not believed to be giving serious consideration to offering him the job full-time and are conducting an extensive search for a long-term appointment.

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg
Ljungberg got his first win in charge but is unlikely to get the gig full-time (Picture: Getty)

Marcelino is one of the names in the frame to take over at the Emirates permanently, and flew into London on Sunday to hold face-to-face talks with Arsenal.

However, according to ESPN, Marcelino is ‘not optimistic’ about getting the job following his interview and has come away feeling that the fact he is Spanish – like axed compatriot Emery – is a big disadvantage to him.

Arsenal are likely to want to make a big departure from their last manager, but Emery and Marcelino share a number of similarities and have very similar career paths, both having spells in charge of Sevilla and Valencia.

Marcelino left the latter in September after falling out with the club’s owner, Peter Lim, despite having guided the side to a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Despite being pessimistic over his chances of getting the Arsenal job, ESPN also report that he has watched Arsenal closely since leaving Valencia and would jump at the chance to manage them.

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery and Marcelino
Emery 2.0? Marcelino is worried he’s too much like the axed Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty)

Marcelino has spent his entire career in Spain and would be eager to test himself in the Premier League.

Interim boss Ljungberg was asked if he had spoken to Arsenal’s hierarchy about his future after the win over West Ham and said: ‘I speak to Edu. We played with each other so we speak. Of course I don’t have so much staff so I talk to him sometimes about football.

‘I’ve been told to work on a game-to-game basis. That’s what I’m trying to do. It’s a club that I love and want to try and help as much as I can.’

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