Wenger: It’s evolution not revolution in the dugout

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Arsene Wenger insists that the decision to appoint Steve Bould as his new assistant manager is part of a long-standing tradition at Arsenal which has seen the club always try and promote coaching staff from within their own ranks.

While the likes of Martin Keown, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Jens Lehmann were all tipped for the number two role in the Emirates dugout, each having had much-feted careers in N5, it is Bould’s experience schooling the Gunners’ Youth team which appears to have most appealed to Wenger.

Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s final league game of the season at West Brom, the boss spoke for the first time about his appointment of Bould.

“His qualities are that he has experience of the top-level game, he has managed here, he knows our football philosophy and therefore there will be a continuity.

“He has also chosen after his playing career to coach here at the Club and we always want to give an advantage to people who know how we work, how we want to coach.

“A very good coach is the most important thing, no matter where you played.”

It is has been mooted that Reserve team boss Neil Banfield will also take up a first team coaching role ahead of next season meaning both his current position and Bould’s job of heading the Youth team will both be up for grabs.

The club are due to release an official statement on further changes to the backroom staff very soon.

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