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Arsenal’s 14-man shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger including Massimiliano Allegri, Joachim Low and Thierry Henry

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ARSENAL are understood to have compiled a 14-man shortlist in their hunt to identify Arsene Wenger’s Emirates replacement.

The latest shock name under consideration is Jose Mourinho’s Manchester Unitedassistant Rui Faria.

 Who will be the man to replace Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge?

AFP: Who will be the man to replace Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge?

SunSport unveils some of the names likely to be on the list – and assesses their chance of becoming the first new Gunners boss in 22 years.

Check out the full list, below…

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

 Massimiliano Allegri was the favourite to take over after Arsene Wenger's exit announcement, but could now be set to stay at Juventus

EPA: Massimiliano Allegri was the favourite to take over after Arsene Wenger’s exit announcement, but could now be set to stay at Juventus

Juventus chief has made no secret of his interest in coming to the Premier League and could have the choice of Arsenal or Chelsea.

The Italian is the new bookies’ favourite and just waiting for the call.

Gunner rating: If Arsenal want him, he’ll want them.

JOACHIM LOW

 Joachim Low is another big-name boss on Arsenal's radar

GETTY: Joachim Low is another big-name boss on Arsenal’s radar

Germany boss has plenty of admirers for his work with the world champions but he has signalled he wants to stay on with Die Mannschaft until 2020.

Could be a Real Madrid target too if he changes his mind.

Gunner rating: Plenty of people at the Emirates would fancy him but does not seem likely.

LEONARDO JARDIM

 Leonardo Jardim could be the new Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger

AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS: Leonardo Jardim could be the new Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger

Portuguese boss of Monaco made a massive impact as he steered a fledgling team to last year’s Champions League semi-finals and then had half of the side sold that summer.

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An English speaker who is ready for a new challenge.

Gunner rating: Appears to have slipped down the radar this season but could re-emerge.

THOMAS TUCHEL

 Thomas Tuchel has been on Arsenal's radar for some time now

REUTERS: Thomas Tuchel has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time now

Former Borussia Dortmund coach appeared the perfect Arsenal fit given his relationship with new Emirates big-hitter Sven Mislintat.

But while Tuchel fell out with the Dortmund players and Arsenal dithered, PSG pounced and he is expected to be announced as Unai Emery’s successor later this month.

Gunner rating: Too late – they’ve missed the boat.

RUI FARIA

 Rui Faria is a left-field option for the Gunners this summer

MARK ROBINSON – THE SUN: Rui Faria is a left-field option for the Gunners this summer

Surprise candidate, especially given his long-standing close relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Initially a fitness coach under Mourinho, whom he first met at Barcelona, during their period with Leiria, and has moved up the pecking order as a loyal lieutenant.

Gunner rating: A shock contender and even more of a shock appointment.

CARLO ANCELOTTI

 Carlo Ancelotti has a hatful of experience at the highest level

REUTERS: Carlo Ancelotti has a hatful of experience at the highest level

Double-winner with Chelsea in 2010 before harshly sacked a year later for only finishing second, Ancelotti is the ultimate managerial fixer.

He’s got Juve, Milan, Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich on his CV, too.

Has a home in London and would definitely fancy it.

Gunner rating: If Arsenal want a smooth transition, there is nobody smoother.

PATRICK VIEIRA

 Arsene Wenger's first Arsenal signing, Patrick Vieira, could now replace him as boss

GETTY: Arsene Wenger’s first Arsenal signing, Patrick Vieira, could now replace him as boss

Wenger’s first Arsenal signing and still revered by Gunners fans for his role as the midfield enforcer of the Invincibles.

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Fell out with his fellow Frenchman and ended up on the payroll at Manchester City’s global empire.

Currently coaching their New York offshoot in the MLS.

Gunner rating: Despite his Arsenal past, City might have first call on his future.

BRENDAN RODGERS

 Brendan Rodgers is being tipped to take over at the Emirates Stadium

PA:PRESS ASSOCIATION: Brendan Rodgers is being tipped to take over at the Emirates Stadium

Success at Celtic has given Rodgers his sheen back after his last 18 months at Liverpool became increasingly tough.

Rodgers is thought to have been house-hunting in the London area and would relish the prospect of another big Premier League job.

Gunner rating: Winning with a dominant Celtic not the same as competing against City and United but would play attractive football.

JULIAN NAGELSMANN

 Julian Nagelsmann would be a youthful alternative for Arsenal

EPA: Julian Nagelsmann would be a youthful alternative for Arsenal

The Hoffenheim coach was only 28 and the youngest coach in Bundesliga history when he took charge in 2015.

He has already made a steady and strong impression with his youth and enthusiasm.

Under contract until 2021 but ambitious and would relish the challenge.

Gunner rating: Youth against him – but Stan Kroenke appointed a 30-year-old head coach at the Los Angeles Rams last year.

DIEGO SIMEONE

 Diego Simeone would be a strong option for any Premier League side

GETTY: Diego Simeone would be a strong option for any Premier League side

Many have seen the Europa League semi-final as a public audition for the Argentine pitbull.

In which case, being sent to the stands after 12 minutes last week probably did not help.

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A defensive coach who preaches team values and a proven winner. Anything goes in the pursuit of success

Gunner rating: Would give Arsenal backbone but unclear the fans would want to watch a team play so cautiously.

MIKEL ARTETA

 Mikel Arteta could return to Arsenal to take over as manager

EPA: Mikel Arteta could return to Arsenal to take over as manager

Former Gunners midfielder is another who has joined the City staff, where he is part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team.

Has impressed many by bringing the same calmness he showed on the pitch to a coaching role.

But hard to see him returning as the main man.

Gunner rating: More likely to come back as part of a coaching team rather than the boss.

THIERRY HENRY

 Arsenal's best ever forward Thierry Henry could now become Gunners chief

PA:EMPICS SPORT: Arsenal’s best ever forward Thierry Henry could now become Gunners chief

Arsenal’s greatest striker, arguably their greatest player, and cutting his coaching teeth as Roberto Martinez’ Belgium No2.

Whether the Frenchman would really fancy getting his hands dirty every day, when he has a lucrative Sky contract in his pocket, is another matter.

Gunner rating: Blotted his copybook with some perceived criticisms of Wenger but would be a huge popular candidate.

MAURIZIO SARRI

 Napoli chief Maurizio Sarri has emerged as an option for Arsenal

AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS: Napoli chief Maurizio Sarri has emerged as an option for Arsenal

Chain-smoking Napoli boss has made his side one of the most attractive in Italy.

He’s had the Neapolitans dreaming of a first Serie A crown since Diego Maradona’s day before the weekend thumping at Fiorentina.

Appears to have tired of owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and would be open to the chance.

Gunner rating: Philosophy would seem a natural fit but not a proven winner.

ZELJKO BUVAC

 Zeljko Buvac is sensationally being tipped for the Arsenal job

PA:EMPICS SPORT: Zeljko Buvac is sensationally being tipped for the Arsenal job

For so long Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s No2, Buvac is now being strongly tipped with the soon-to-be vacant position at Arsenal.

Said to be the real brains behind the Reds’ exhausting “Gegenpress” defensive tactic, Buvac could be the man to finally add some grit to the Gunners’ back-line.

Gunner rating: Strong defensive mindset but lacks experience as a No1 manager, having spent just three years at German minnows Neukirchen.

 

 

 

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Anthony Joshua reveals what he fears about Andy Ruiz ahead of rematch in Saudi Arabia

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Anthony Joshua has claimed “sometimes the ones who are calm and chilled can bark”, when speaking about Andy Ruiz during a press conference in London on Friday.

The Briton also rated Ruiz as “the best heavyweight out there”.

Both boxers went face to face in London, as their three-day press tour ended, ahead of their December 7 rematch in Saudi Arabia.

Asked about again being a challenger to the world heavyweight championships, Joshua said: “It’s a great mindset to have and you can’t lose that. The minute you lose it, you’ve got to retire. You’ve got to be hungry.

“I had a blip. We go again. I’m not shy. No fear.”

Joshua said about his upcoming opponent who took his IBF, WBA and WBO belts earlier this year: “Ruiz Jr is calm but he can fight. He is not a fake character who puts on a persona.

“Sometimes the ones who are calm and chilled can bark back, and can definitely fight.”

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Oyo NANS Congratulates New Sports Commissioner, Fakorede 

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oyo State chapter, on Monday congratulated the newly-appointed commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state, Mr. Seun Fakorede.

NANS, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Asubiojo Olujuwon Marshal noted that “youths across the country have over the years campaigned vehemently for the inclusion of younger persons in political offices, but when the world thought it was over with the election of a 25 year old lawmaker, Governor Seyi Makinde shocked the status quo with the appointment of a 27 year old Civil Engineer to head the ministry of Youth and Sports in the state”.

Congratulating Fakorede  on behalf of  the Nigerian students,  Comrade  Asubiojo further described the commissioner’s appointment as a round peg in a round hole “going by the proven leadership strength, sound knowledge of sports and youthful vigour”. He averred that Fakorede’s appointment would bring unprecedented development to the constituency.

“We wish to remind the Honorable Commissioner that he no longer represents himself and family alone, but the entire youths in the state and the country. As the world awaits the result of this bold appointment by Governor Seyi Makinde, it is our believe that Hon. Seun Fakorede will show the world that youths are the solution to the leadership problems of the world through focused leadership and laudable achievements”, the statement reads.

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While commending Governor Makinde for reposing his trust in the youths by putting the youngest of the newly-sworn-in commissioners in charge of the ministry of Youth and Sports, NANS, however pledged the support of its leadership  in the state for the ministry under Fakorede’s watch.

 

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FIFA Slap Lifetime Ban On Samson Siasia For Taking Bribes

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World Football’s Governing Body, FIFA on Friday issued a lifetime ban on Samson Siasia, former Nigeria Football Federation official after the body’s ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing.

In a statement, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said the probe targeting Siasia stemmed from a wider investigation involving Wilson Raj Perumal, who has confessed to international match-fixing.

The probe that began in February found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement said.

In addition to being banned from all football related activity for life, Siasia was also handed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000, 46,000 euros).

Siasia, a former striker, also briefly coached Nigeria’s men’s national football team.

FIFA did not detail the nature of ties to Perumal, a Singaporean national who was arrested and jailed in Finland in 2011 for fixing top-tier football games there.

Perumal later collaborated with match fixing investigators.

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