Arsenal started interviewing prospective new managers five days after Arsene Wenger announced he was stepping down.
The Gunners appointed Unai Emery on a three-year deal as Wenger’s successor, little over one month after the Frenchman revealed that he would be leaving.
Arsenal whittled down the candidates from a field of eight to just three, before Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi conducted a vote between themselves to decide who would get the job.
“We went through a pretty wide-ranging discussion, challenging each other on as much as we could on preconceptions and assumptions we might have had going into the process,” said chief executive Gazidis.
“By the way, all the way going through the process, Raul and I and Sven spoke to each other as little as possible. Because we didn’t want to pollute each other’s viewpoints from the discussions we had had. We wanted to come to the discussion fresh when we had been through all eight of the finalist candidates.
“We narrowed it down to three. We spent an entire day discussing among those three.
“At the end of the day, three of us all wrote on a piece of paper, 1, 2, 3, and put them into the middle of the table. And the choices were all 1, 2, 3 the same. And Unai was at the top of all of our lists.”
Gazidis says Arsenal interviewed eight candidates and none of them withdrew. First interview conducted on 25th April, last interview on 15th May. Interviewed Emery on 10th May as part of that process. Recommendation made on 18th May, supported by 100 page dossier.
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