Stan Collymore has told the Sunday People (1/12; page 53) that Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo should go nowhere near the Arsenal job in the wake of Unai Emery’s departure.
The Gunners parted company with Emery on Friday following their Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Freddie Ljungberg has been given the job on a temporary basis. But plenty of names appear to be in the frame.
The Daily Mail reported in the days before Emery’s sacking that Nuno was going to be the Gunners’ top target if a change was made. So it will be interesting to see whether those at Molineux receive any sort of approach from their Premier League rivals in the near future.
But Collymore has insisted that even if Arsenal do come calling, Nuno should show no interest in leaving Wolves given what is going on at both clubs.
“It’s a no-brainer for me – he has to stay put,” he told the Sunday People (1/12; page 53). “I wouldn’t touch Arsenal with a bargepole at the moment until they get a proper structure in place to allow the manager to thrive.
“At Wolves, he’s got the backing of wealthy owners, supporters who idolise him and a team that’s more than capable of kicking on and winning the Europa League this season.”
Wolves are still moving in the right direction. They could return to fifth in the league on Sunday. And they have the knockout stages of the Europa League to look forward to.
It would be a surprise if Nuno had any interest in leaving while they are still making progress. Arsenal are obviously a massive club and would usually provide a massive opportunity for any manager. But, as Collymore suggests, it does not look to be the right time for Nuno to pursue that opportunity.