Premier League manager news: Enrique to Chelsea and West Ham eye Benitez
Enrique’s Chelsea hopes boosted
Antonio Conte is still officially the manager of Chelsea – at least until this weekend’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.
However, it appears that Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge are numbered with many media outlets speculating on who will replace the Italian for next season. The Blues had been linked with a move for Maurizio Sarri, but The Daily Telegraph reports that the Napoli boss yesterday held talks about staying with the Italian club.
Could this mean that Luis Enrique is now favourite to take over at Chelsea? The Telegraph says the former Barcelona chief’s hopes could receive “a significant boost” after Sarri’s talks “went well” with Napoli. Sources say Enrique and Sarri are the two candidates most likely to replace Conte.
West Ham United target Benitez
West Ham will “make a move” for Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, according to Sky Sports.
The Hammers are without a manager after David Moyes left yesterday and Benitez is in the running after leading Newcastle to a tenth-place finish in the Premier League this season.
West Ham’s owners want to appoint a “high-calibre” figure within the next ten days, says the Telegraph, and are considering an approach for Benitez.
The Guardian adds that West Ham also “want to interview” Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean, who is currently working in China, won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2014.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca has “ruled himself out of the running”, the Guardian reports, while other candidates for the West Ham job include former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner.
Arteta set for Arsenal talks
This week Mikel Arteta emerged as the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Sky Sports reports that the former Gunners midfielder will hold talks with the club today.
The Spaniard, 36, is currently an assistant coach at Manchester City, but the champions’ boss Pep Guardiola said he would not stand in Arteta’s way of moving to north London.
Sacked Allardyce to get £2m ‘bonus’
The Times reports that Sam Allardyce will receive a £2m bonus for keeping Everton in the Premier League this season. The 63-year-old was sacked by the Toffees yesterday after just seven months in charge at Goodison Park.
Former Watford manager Marco Silva remains favourite to take over at Everton, who yesterday also appointed PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands as their new director of football.