Niko Kovac to attend Arsenal match after making interest known to club chiefs

Niko Kovac's representatives have spoken with Arsenal
Niko Kovac’s representatives have spoken with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Niko Kovac has reportedly informed Arsenal that he’s interested in becoming manager.

Unai Emery was relieved of his duties after Arsenal’s miserable start to the season and talks have taken place to replace interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have all been linked with the vacant position and Kovac is the latest manager to emerge as a potential contender at the Emirates.

According to Goal, Kovac’s representatives have held informal discussions with Arsenal to make the club aware of the 48-year-old’s interest.

Kovac is expected to watch Arsenal's match with West Ham
Kovac is expected to watch Arsenal’s match with West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Though Kovac is not thought to be among the favourites, the Gunners will strongly consider the Croatian’s approach before making a final decision on Emery’s successor.

Kovac has been a free agent since his dismissal at Bayern Munich at the beginning of November and is on the lookout for jobs in the Premier League.

The former Croatia boss was in the stands as Everton beat Chelsea this weekend, but played down speculation that he could replace Marco Silva in the hot seat at Goodison Park.

Kovac is also expected to attend Arsenal’s clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening.

Pochettino is reportedly on Arsenal's shortlist of managerial targets
Pochettino is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of managerial targets (Picture: Getty)

Pochettino refused to rule out the possibility of replacing Emery when directly asked about the Arsenal job last week.

‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is,’ the ex-Tottenham manager told TyC Sports

‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London.’

Keown never saw Ljungberg as a future manager
Keown never saw Ljungberg as a future manager (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown admits he never saw Ljungberg as management material after a difficult start for the Swede as caretaker boss.

‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ Keown told talkSPORT about his former Arsenal team-mate.

‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager.

‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time. Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.

‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.

‘We need different midfield players. The likes of [Mesut] Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.’

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