North London club could be about to lose their influential defensive coach.
Stoke City are interested in making Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould their next head coach, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
Current Stoke boss Tony Pulis has endured his most difficult campaign to date since returning to the Britannia stadium for a second spell, with the club currently struggling to avoid being relegated from the Premier League.
And, even if Stoke do manage to avoid the drop this season, it is understood that chairman Peter Coates may still make a managerial change this summer, with the North London club’s No 2 believed to be top of the Potters’ wish list.
Bould, who was born in Stoke and then started his glittering playing career with the club between 1981 and 1988 before he moved to Highbury, was only appointed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to his new role at the beginning of this season.
However, there have been rumours of late about a bust-up between the pair as the club’s form, and in particular their defensive solidity, have come under mounting criticism.
Still, the 50-year-old may now decide to go it alone come the summer and try his hand out at being a top-flight No 1.