Arsenal have confirmed that Dutch coach Andries Jonker will take over from Liam Brady as the club’s new head of the Academy.
News circulated on Friday night that the 51-year-old, who currently holds a role at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, was the standout candidate for a position for which the club have been interviewing candidates for quite some time.
Reflecting on the appointment Arsene Wenger took time to thank Liam Brady, who has been in the role since the boss joined in 1996, and spoke warmly of Jonker’s qualities.
“I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland.
“I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years.”
Ivan Gazidis, who has been leading the hunt for Brady’s successor, added:
“Youth development is a key part of our philosophy at Arsenal and I am delighted that Andries is joining us. He has an outstanding track record in developing and identifying young players and creating systems to bring the best out of them.
“I know he will build on the tremendous work which has been done by Liam and his team over many years.”
Arseblog News welcomes Jonker to the club. We trust he’s good at polishing diamonds…