Niko Kovac wants to take over as Arsenal’s next permanent manager, according to Goal.
The 48-year-old has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich in November, and it is understood that his interest in the vacancy in north London has been made clear to the Gunners’ board.
The report suggests that Kovac will watch Arsenal play West Ham on Monday evening, although it does also point out that he was in attendance for Everton’s win over Chelsea on Saturday too.
Would Kovac be the right man for Arsenal?
You would assume that they could certainly do a whole lot worse.
The 48-year-old is a coach with real pedigree, having just left one of the biggest sides in Europe in Bayern Munich.
His average of 2.26 points per game with the German giants, as per Transfermarkt, was impressive enough, and he does have a Bundesliga title to his name.
Of course, the Arsenal job would be a very different beast that would require him to rebuild an ailing squad, but he had success with Eintracht Frankfurt earlier in his career, and his work with the Croatian national side laid many of the foundations for the side that reached a World Cup final in 2018.
Most importantly, he appears to actually be interested in the post too.
If that is the case, can Arsenal really turn their nose up at such a high-calibre coach who is asking for the job?