In the wake of Arsenal’s Europa League disappointment speculation has intensified regarding the top job at the club.
With Arsene Wenger set to leave this month, various candidates have emerged as potential successors.
Liverpool assistant boss Zeljko Buvac, currently spending time away from the Champions League finalists, has been strongly linked, given his previous experience of working successfully with the Gunners’ head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, at Borussia Dortmund.
During his time with the Bundesliga club Mislintat recruited top names such as Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.
Former Gunners Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta have have also been mentioned, as have ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
But one other name has been given the backing of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: his No.2, Rui Faria.
Faria has been assistant to Mourinho at six clubs since they first combined at FC Porto 14 years ago, winning 25 trophies.
Mourinho commented: “If my friend one day has the possibility of a big job, I would help him to pack and carry the bags and to wish him luck.
“I met him when he was a kid at university and we worked together for 18 years. He is a big friend more than an assistant.
“If one day the moment arrives I would be very happy.”