The Daily Mail have claimed that Arsenal and Everton are both considering moves for out-of-work Spanish manager Marcelino, who was sacked by Valencia in September after falling out with the La Liga club’s owner Peter Lim.
Marcelino, 54, was relieved of his duties despite delivering Valencia into the Champions League where they have impressed against Chelsea, Ajax and Lille in a tough group. He had a win rate of 50% at Valencia, winning 55 of his 110 games in charge.
Certainly, the former midfielder has an excellent reputation that is only growing as a manager. He has enormous experience in Spain, but has not managed outside of his home country. Spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Zaragoza are also on his CV.
Arsenal are said to have spoken to the 2019 Copa Del Rey winner before hiring Unai Emery and that Raul Sanllehi is a big fan. Meanwhile, Everton have made initial contact to sound out Marcelino replacing Marco Silva.
TBR’s view – Marcelino would be a top appointment for either side
That is because Marcelino is a manager that is on the rise, with a burgeoning reputation and one that the players can admire – but Arsenal is a better move than Everton, and that is because the Toffees need to focus on survival.
Everton need to remain in the Premier League and saefty is the order of the day. They sit in 17th place and need a manager that can come in and keep the club afloat, much like Sam Allardyce did in 2017-18.
Arsenal, though, still have the chance of reaching the top four. Marcelino got the best out of his Valencia side with a top-four finish and the Cup last season, and he needs to do the same with Arsenal this campaign.