Report: Middlesbrough are considering Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates following his side's victory during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018...

Mikel Arteta has helped Pep Guardiola win two Premier League titles at Manchester City but is he ready to take over at Boro in the Championship?

Mikel Arteta celebrates with the Premier League Trophy after winning the title following the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express...

Middlesbrough chiefs have considered offering the managerial job to the highly-rated Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, according to the Northern Echo, but they may struggle to afford Pep Guardiola’s esteemed assistant.

The 37-year-old has spent the last three years honing his coaching skills at the Etihad Stadium and he is currently learning from arguably the greatest tactical mind of the 21st century in two-time Premier League winner Guardiola.

As such, it seems only a matter of time before Arteta cuts loose and attempts to make a name for himself as a manager in his own right. And he could be offered that chance by Middlesbrough; if they can afford to pay his wages, that is.

 

The Northern Echo reports that the former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers play-maker is under consideration by the Boro board, who are looking at a wide range of options as they look to improve upon a disappointing season under Tony Pulis.

Arteta was very close to taking over from Arsene Wenger at former club Arsenal last summer but, according to the Independent, The Gunners chose Unai Emery instead because of his greater experience.

Mikel Arteta, Assistant Coach of Manchester City celebrates with a member of backroom staff after the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18,...

“My opinion of Mikel is overwhelming,” Guardiola told the Independent in April last year when Arteta was tipped to take over at The Emirates.

“He deserves the best. We are so comfortable working with him, he is one of the reasons for our success this season.”

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City in discussion with assistant Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 06,...

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