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Danny Murphy says it would be ‘ridiculous’ for Arsenal to appoint Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac as Arsene Wenger’s successor.
The Gunners are making plans for Wenger’s departure, with the Frenchman set to bring his 22-year reign in charge of the club to an end this month.
Max Allegri, Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone have emerged as candidates for the job at the Emirates, but Buvac has also been considered.
The 56-year-old, who has been Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man for 17 years, left his role at Anfield last week, with the club citing ‘personal reasons’ for his absence.
But Arsenal head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, is believed to be keen for Buvac to join the Gunners this summer.
Responding to the speculation, Murphy told Sky Sports: ‘I would find it unbelievable to appoint someone who has never, ever managed as a number one at a club like Arsenal.
‘I think that would be ridiculous for a club like Arsenal. ‘It doesn’t matter how intelligent he is or what he’s done because doing it as a number two is nothing like doing it as a number one.’
Buvac, who has worked under Klopp at Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, has been described as the ‘brain’ and Murphy insists he is a talented coach. But the former Liverpool and England midfielder says managing Arsenal would be a huge step up.
‘Just because you haven’t been a number one doesn’t mean you don’t succeed. There are exceptions to the rule,’ he added.
‘But we’re not talking about a job in the Championship or League One here. We’re talking about Arsenal Football Club who want to get back to competing with the big boys. ‘There’s a hell of a job to be done there. If you bring a coach in who knows he’s not buying the players, like Chelsea in some respects, then that’s fine.
‘My problem with someone who’s not been a number one is when you get problems with players. If you look at Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez, for example, in recent times or whatever goes on on the training pitch. ‘If you’re not used to dealing with that, it can escalate quickly. It’s a completely different role.’