Unai Emery may be fearing for his future as Arsenal manager, after England head coach Eddie Jones told talkSPORT he would ‘love to coach’ the Gunners.
The England rugby chief joined Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist in the talkSPORT studios on Thursday morning to promote his new autobiography, My Life and Rugby.
And after being quizzed on the Red Rose’s World Cup final heart-break, his early career and relationship with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, he was asked: Would he ever make a shock move to football after a lifetime with the oval ball?
He wouldn’t be the first to make the transition, although he might be the first to make a success of it.
In 2005, Sir Clive Woodward famously quit his post as England manager and took up the role of technical director at Southampton. It didn’t last long, though, as he left St Mary’s just over a year later.
And, asked if he’d ever follow in the footsteps of Sir Clive and move into the football word, Jones – a former north London resident – cannily put his name in the hat to replace Emery, who is under pressure with his side eight points adrift of the Premier League’s top-four.
“I’d love to coach Arsenal,” said the England boss, with a huge smile on his face.
“How good would that be! How much fun would that be!”
“Wow,” said Sports Breakfast host Brazil. “If Emery was not under pressure before, he’s really under pressure now! Well, you know, man-management is a massive part of any sport, isn’t it?”
To which Jones cheekily replied: “And they’ve had a few problems, haven’t they!
“That would be fantastic.
“I used to live in north London and I’d go to this café every Sunday morning and it would be half-full of Tottenham fans and half-full of Arsenal fans.
“The banter between them was fantastic.”
Jones also revealed the greatest sorting event he’s ever been to had nothing to do with rugby.
He may have taken part in World Cup finals and huge Six Nations showdowns, but the Australian told talkSPORT the best sporting spectacle he has seen live is… Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield!