According to a raft of red top reports, Arsenal have outlined Ronald Koeman as the man they’d like to succeed Arsene Wenger, should the Frenchman ever leave the Emirates.
The veteran French coach has been the subject of increased ire from Gunners fans this season after the club failed to capitalise on what is being regarded as golden opportunity to end their 12-year wait for a Premier League title.
Despite offering no indicators that he will walk away this summer, it’s safe to assume Wenger can’t manage Arsenal forever (can he?) and, when he does depart, it’s alleged to be Koeman who’ll succeed him.
But for those fans who want rid of the Premier League’s longest-serving boss, replacing him with Koeman must strike as especially underwhelming if winning the league is what they want.
Now into his 16th year in the dugout, the Dutchman has won three league titles – two with Ajax, one with PSV.
The latter was the only domestic conquest he has overseen since Arsenal last tasted top-tier glory and, following a comedic attempt to defend the crown, he was sacked.
In addition to steering the ship for the mightiest forces in Dutch football since the Gunners last won the Premier League, Koeman has also occupied the manager’s office at Benfica and Valencia.
With the former, he won just 27 of his 49 matches, while the latter sacked him slightly more than five months into the job after he recorded a win percentage of 32.35%.
He managed to steer Los Che to their only Copa del Rey crown since 1999, but domestic cup success clearly curries little favour with the Arsenal support.
Koeman’s stock has risen to its current heights not on the back of his spells with Europe’s most prestigious names, but thanks to tenures at Feyenoord (a spent force in Dutch football) and Southampton.
In three years with Feyenoord, he never finished below third, a pinnacle De Stadionclub had failed to reach in each of the six years prior to his appointment, or replicate since he left.
The Saints are currently benefitting from his ability to overachieve, pushing for a second consecutive Europa League qualification via their Premier League position.
It would appear that when freed from the pressure of managing a trophy-hunting side, Koeman can consistently deliver, but this doesn’t make him a good choice for the Arsenal job.