TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan thinks Freddie Ljungberg’s post-match interview hinted that Arsenal’s current interim boss will end up with the manager’s job on a full-time basis.
Arsenal were downed 3-0 by Manchester City on Sunday, though Jordan believes the nature of Ljungberg’s comments about the board suggested that he will eventually be called upon to succeed Unai Emery in the Gunners hotseat.
Ljungberg called upon Arsenal chiefs to make a decision and create clarity over the situation that has seen the Swede take charge of the first team for the last few weeks, with little positive change in results since.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Jordan suggests that those words are an indication that Ljungberg may well be granted the opportunity to assemble his own team and take charge for the long term.
He said: “Listening to that interview, that sounds like an interview of someone that’s going to get this job.
“[It was] just the manner in which he spoke. You can always be brave when you’re temporary manager and you can make these sorts of soundbites.
“This might be Freddie Ljungberg’s style but for me, reading through the lines, that sounded like someone who was significantly in the running for this job, which surprises me.”
It may be no wonder Jordan is surprised by the idea that Ljungberg could get the full-time role, not least because of Arsenal’s solitary win during his five-game spell to date.
The notion that Ljungberg calling for the board to clarify what the immediate future holds is a sign he will be given the keys to the manager’s office seems nonsensical from Jordan.
It is almost as if he expects that the board will now pass the buck and hand Ljungberg the chance to bring a backroom team in, instead of selecting the right man for the role.
Given there has been little joy since his start as interim manager, Ljungberg’s interview could just as easily be a cry for help more than anything, with the lack of results suggesting Arsenal’s problems are rooted far deeper than Emery’s supposed flaws alone.
Only time will tell – but Ljungberg getting the job is surely not how this story ends.
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