Max Allegri has been out of a job this season since he was replaced by Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, and according to journalist David Amoyal, he probably won’t join Arsenal this season.
The Gunners lost to Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the Europa League this week, which was the final straw for the club hierarchy. Unai Emery has since been sacked, and club legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken over as caretaker boss.
Several high profile names have been floated as potential permanent managers, with Mauricio Pochettino and Allegri being the main contenders.
Pochettino is unlikely to accept an offer from Arsenal, considering that he just left North London rivals Tottenham less than 2 weeks ago.
Former AC Milan boss Allegri had intended to take a sabbatical from football after leaving Juventus but he’s been linked to the Arsenal and Manchester United this season.
And it looks like United could be the only club that can persuade him to return to management in the 2019/20 season. Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s job seems to be safe for now, but Ed Woodward might be compelled to make a move if results don’t improve.
A talented man like Allegri is unlikely to remain out of a job for long though, and he could very well join Arsenal at the beginning of the next campaign.
Former Arsenal winger Ljungberg has previously managed the club’s reserve team, and coaching the senior squad will be a huge step up.
His first match in charge will be a tricky away trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Sunday.
Arsenal are currently 8th on the Premier League table, and a top 4 finish is starting to look increasingly unlikely with every point dropped. The Europa League seems to be their best hope of Champions League qualification.
Considering the lack of world-class managers who are available at the moment, Ljungberg will probably be in charge of the Gunners until the end of the season.