Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

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He’s the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta held productive talks with Arsenal on Tuesday about succeeding Arsene Wenger and floated appointing Santi Cazorla as his assistant, according to reports.

The north London club are pushing ahead with their search for a replacement for Wenger, who has ended his 22-year association with the club, and want a new manager in place before the start of the World Cup.

Although experienced coaches likes Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique have been linked with the post, Arteta is now emerging as the favourite.

Arteta and Cazorla played alongside each other for three seasons (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s hierarchy are believed to be leaning towards a ‘rookie’ coach and Arteta has a growing reputation thanks to two years learning under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

And now The Independent report that Arteta’s chances of replacing Wenger have progressed after fresh talks with the club, while he is already thinking about his backroom team.

The Spaniard is considering compatriot Cazorla – who he played alongside at Arsenal – as an assistant, and the playmaker could be offered a player-coaching role.

Arteta will also weigh up including Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould in his staff, though the former centre-back is undecided about remaining at the club.

Arteta snubbed the chance to coach at Arsenal under Wenger and instead joined Guardiola (Getty)

The Gunners have already axed a number of Wenger’s old support staff, such as right-hand man Boro Primorac, and Arteta wants to bring in at least three of his own appointments.

Although Arteta is now Ivan Gazidis’ preferred choice, Arsenal’s hierarchy are still expected to meet with other candidates and want to complete a thorough search before finally settling on Wenger’s successor.

via Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

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Spain coach Lopetegui keeps preliminary 35-man World Cup list secret — Social News XYZ

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Madrid, May 11 (IANS) Spain coach Julien Lopetegui will send a preliminary list of 35 players for the World Cup to FIFA on Monday, before reducing that to the definitive list of 23 after the end of the football season.

However, Lopetegui told Spanish sports paper Diario AS on Thursday that he would not make his first list public, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We are not going to make it public, because there are 12 players who are then not going to be in the final list. That is obviously going to be a hard moment for everyone: for the players and also for me and I would prefer that moment to be private,” explained Lopetegui.

Although he didn’t want to give any names, the Spain coach did give a couple of hints.

“It will be hard for someone who has not played in the qualification games for us to make the final squad, but there could be some players in the list of 35 players who were not in the qualifying stage.”

“We will decide on the final list close to the deadline, it is more or less defined, but there are still some doubts to clear up,” Lopetegui admitted.

Lopetegui takes Spain to Russia after they crashed out of the first stage in Brazil four years ago and following an underwhelming last-16 exit against Italy in the 2016 European Championship.

Following an impressive World Cup qualifying stage, Spain will be among the favourites this summer.

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Roberto Mancini ‘agrees two-year deal to become Italy manager’ — The Sun

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ROBERTO MANCINI has agreed a two-year deal to become the next Italy manager, according to reports.

Corriere dello Sport claim the ex-Manchester City boss secretly met up with Italian chief Alessandro Costacurta in Rome to thrash out terms.

Roberto Mancini is said to have agreed a two-year deal to become Italy boss
Roberto Mancini is said to have agreed a two-year deal to become Italy boss
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Mancini, 53, will reportedly begin his new job before the friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 28.

Carlo Ancelotti is said to have turned down the national job so he can be considered for a top job in Europe.

Mancini last night told RAI state radio: “There has not been contact with the [Italian football] federation but, for a coach, the Italian national team would be a source of honour and prestige.”

Giampiero Ventura was sacked as Italy manager in November after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Roberto Mancini will reportedly take over as Italy boss before friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 28
Carlo Ancelotti ruled himself out of the running to become new Italy manager

Mancini will be tasked with rebuilding the team and qualifying for Euro 2020.

He has managed Zenit St Petersburg since June and also enjoyed spells at Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Man City and Galatasaray.

The Italian FA has said an official announcement will be made on May 20.

via Roberto Mancini ‘agrees two-year deal to become Italy manager’ — The Sun