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Arsenal, Everton And West Ham Step Up Manager Search

Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are all looking to fill their managerial vacancies as soon as possible.

The latter two became available on Wednesday with the departures of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes, while Arsene Wenger walked away from the Emirates at the end of the season after 22 years in charge at the club.

Having seen their interest in the likes of Max Allegri and Julian Nagelsmann shut down in the last few days, Arsenal are now believed to be opening talks with Mikel Arteta to become their new manager. The former Gunners player is one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants at Manchester City, and while it is not known to what extent he would be interest in the role, Sky Sports  have alleged that formal talks will be underway as of Thursday.

To Everton next, and a complete overhaul of the managerial coaching structure. Allardyce was not the only casualty on Thursday, as director of football Steve Walsh and coaches Craig Shakespeare and Sammy Lee were all let go from the club. The Toffees have already replaced Walsh with Marcel Brands, and the Telegraph have reported that they have opened talks to bring Marco Silva back to the Premier League.

Everton had previously targeted Silva at the end of 2017 upon sacking Ronald Koeman, but Watford were determined to keep hold of their then-manager having just appointed him several months previously. However, the Hornets have since sacked the highly-rated former Hull boss, leaving him free to finally take up the reins at Goodison Park.

Finally to the London Stadium, where West Ham co-owners Davids Gold and Sulivan are under pressure to make the right appointment after a string of underwhelming managerial choices. Early reports had linked the Hammers with moves for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca and former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, but they are believed to have targeted someone closer to home as their number one choice.

The Times have reported that West Ham have made Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez their number one choice to succeed Moyes, as the Spaniard’s position at St. James’ Park continues to look a bit less than secure. Despite having the near-unanimous backing from the Magpies fans and players, Benitez’s issues with owner Mike Ashley could eventually see him walk if the relationship between the pair reaches crisis point over transfer funds this summer.

With the Premier League transfer window opening on Thursday, the three clubs will want to have their new men in the door as soon as possible to identify and sign transfer targets while competing with the added distraction of the World Cup.

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