Freddie Ljungberg to leave Arsenal for Wolfsburg coaching role

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Freddie Ljungberg to leave Arsenal for Wolfsburg coaching role

Freddie Ljungberg is to leave Arsenal with immediate effect to take up a coaching role with Wolfsburg.

It was announced this morning that Andries Jonker, who held the position of Academy Manager, would be leaving to become the new manager of the Bundesliga club as they try and halt their slide down the table.

He’s their third manager of the season, and he’s bringing some of his Arsenal staff with him, including the Swede who was the coach of the Arsenal U15s.

Speaking back in September, Ljungberg spoke about his ambitions as a coach, saying, “My vision is I want to go as far I possibly can. But I’m trying to earn my stripes and do it the right way.

“I was offered roles as assistant here and assistant there, but I spoke to Arsene about things and it’s important to make your own mistakes and be the one making the decisions.”

It’s still not 100% clear what his role at Wolfsburg will be, but it’s hard not to imagine it’s a more senior position as he develops his coaching career.

Update: Looks like he’s going to be one of the assistants to Jonker with the first team.

Arsenal do not anticipate any further departures at Academy level with no more of Jonker’s staff expected to leave.

It leaves Arsenal with some big gaps to fill and adds to the uncertainty around the club which goes from the top, with manager Arsene Wenger, through to senior players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and now down the to academy.

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CB

Good luck to him!

Would be great to see him back in a role at Arsenal with valuable experience sometime in the future.

Auz

No non-compete agreements in the world of football? Sounds like blatant disregard for it if there is… Hope AFC is getting some nice cash as compensation.

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Non-compete? Are you joking. Players contracts mean fuck all, why would coaching staffs be any different?

Stillmatic

Are you stupid?
How could you possibly implement a “non-compete” in football or being a football coach? What’s the case? He’s allowed to coach in any sport other than football?

RobM

We will very likely be getting “cash as compensation” if he’s mid-contract, they’ll essentially have to buy him out of his contract here.

Brendan from NY

Legally speaking, non-compete agreements must be narrow, or they may not be enforceable. He will be in a different league and coaching at a different level. If there is competition, it is indirect and remote. That said, if he is breaching his contract with Arsenal, then monetary damages or restitution paid by Wolfsburg will make us whole, legally.

Tommy Gunner

Technically, aren’t all ‘transfer fees’ really just damages for inducing breach of contract? Players as commodities don’t actually have values (that would make them, for want of a better word, slaves). Rather, their services have a value

eddy

I think sour players have non-compete clauses in their contracts – would explain why they don’t compete.

Ok I’ll get my coat..

Mootilated

next article:

”Arsenal leaves Arsenal for Wolfsburg role”

Stillmatic

Sanchez leaves arsenal for Wolfsburg?

NiceMan

Why reply to a good joke with a similar but considerably worse joke, or, heaven forbid, a really shit prediction? See me after class.

JustAGooner

Next, Bendtner leaves Wolfsburg for Arsenal

RahulMagic

Bendtner doesn’t play for wolfsburg anymore. He is in Nottingham forest.

Paul

“Wolves leave Wolfsberg for Arsenal academy roles”

Si

Sanchez will leave here in 7 years when hes won Champions League with us

Roger Ramjet

A few months ago we could have swapped for Draxler.

Is this the start of an exodus?

Brendan from NY

I highly doubt it… from a positive POV, if amicable, maybe this could be part of our succession plans, a la, “Jonker, we like you and Freddie alot. Go coach top flight in Germany for a couple of years, we will renew for two years with Arsene, and if you do well, we will give you the big money in 2 years. And scout Rodriguez while you are at it.” It doesnt always have to be doom and gloom all the time

Llinos

Noooooooooo
I love him

chippy's chip

Coz he’s got red hair

Hadvar

We all love him. He’s got red hair.

Alexis, Atom & Humber
Alexis, Atom & Humber

Freddie, is this all about Brexit? Dont go, I’ll speak to Theresa about this.

Faisal Narrage

These foreign coaches come here, taking the jobs of decent, hard-working British coaches like Allardyce, take all the spaces in the A&E of our proud, British NHS hospital with their foreign “ACL tears”.

It’s not right.

Anonymarse

Wish her fuck you from me

goonero

You’ve gone too far Wolfsburg, I’ll never forgive you for this! Fuck you Wolfsburg, Good luck Freddi!

Harry

Anyone else get the feeling Clearout has began for new manager and their team to come in? Take hold of ropes top to bottom.

Nasris wallet

Nope

Whisht

2 + 2 = petunias ?

beNZed

Rats leaving a sinking ship?

Freddie isn’t renowned for loyalty anyway, goes by the nickname “sickening weasel” back home in Sweden.

Superswede Limpar

Why are you lying? Never heard that about him because Freddie is popular in Sweden. The only people that dislikes him are the ones worshipping Zlatan as a God!

Wenga Boys

Swede here. I’ve never heard that fucking nickname. Stop talking shite.

Rage

Love it when this happens

beNZed

My bad. That was Gunnar Gren.

Skinnyarse

Good luck Freddie! Now bring back some of the old legends for the Academy.

greg

Doom doom doom

santori

Have to respect fast Freddie. He’s learning the trade.

Same way I more than have to say I have a gruding respect for Gary Neville.

He’s one of the few pundits who has actually tried his hand at management (got a bloody nose) but hats off to him. Espousing theory like some of the wind bags on the telly is easy but practise is a different thing.

A hated figure for me when he was playing (and to me always mediocre but carried by his betters), he’s turned out to be one of the more lucid pundits around.

Even had to set some chaps from Arsenal Fan TV straight (which is in itself emmbaressing) aside from the fact they were cowering like little kittens compared to their usual loud ‘bravado’.

But Neville made very salient points.

As much as he (and we) may feel Wenger does not have it in the locker anymore, the man deserves utmost respect for building the club to the brand of football, consistency at a high level and ability to compete (Considering our finances were no more than Spurs or Chelsea back in 97/98)

All these banners and nonsense about Wenger contributing to a toxic environment are frankly pathetic.

Over 21 years to finish 4th or higher consistently in CL even when hamstring by finances (and considering the money he spent in contrast to Spurs, Liverpool let alone CHelsea and City) is in itself impressive. It is not the be all and end all of ambitition but represents a very high MINIMUM standard for anyoen to follow.

As Neville had to spell out to the cretin Carragher, as much as we think it can get better with Wenger gone, it can also get a whole lot worse.

Neville knows first hand with the way United have had to endure out of CL over seasons since Fergie left. If we simply jump into market and just about get anyone in because we want Wenger out as soon as possible, we may well do more damage than good.

The worse that can happen with Wenger staying another season would be stagnation but at a very high level. It will give us better time to put in place measures and assess candidates. As I mentioned before 2018 may be a better timeline because the Wcup may precipitate a managerial reshuffle that would give us better choice.

SuperSwede

Freddie is one for the future but he needs to be the main man sooner rather than later. Bundesliga is a good place to learn your trade so hopefully his time with Wolfsburg will leapfrogging him back to Arsenal to succeed after the title filled years with Allegri…

Clive St Helmet

Announce Pires.

Tom Coakley was here once
Tom Coakley was here once

Brian McDermott is apparently working for us, could be an ideal fit??

Xxxrob

Somewhat related (probably not though) but is there a way to watch full length youth/u23 games outside of jumping on a plane to watch in the flesh? All I’ve been able to find is the 6 minute highlights packages on arsenal player

goonertilidie

Every now and then they stream an U23 game live on Arsenal.com. They also do it for FA Youth Cup games.

FrankTheTank

Thinking about their careers and getting the Fuck out of dodge so they wont have to be associated with the utter disaster Arsenal will become next season after Wenger leaves to go manage Barcelona. 😉

santori

Utter disaster like say Liverpool who haven’t won the title in a quarter of a century but have apparently more chance of winning the title this season never mind them being behind us.

or maybe Spurs who haven’t won it in over half a century never mind when Wenger took over, our budgets were around the same.

😉

spinner

Keep taking the pills Frank.

Vedant

Why would Barcelona take him?

santori

Take that Jamie Carragher…worried about Arsenal in “crisis”, worry about your own Liverpool Michael Owen.

Rock and Roll football genius Klopp meets Shakespeare and the Sonnets win out.

But not to worry, I’m sure Liverpool can still win the title even if they are behind the Arsenal who have no chance.

Because they don’t have this ‘mentality issue’ see, even if they haven’t won a title in a quarter of a century despite changing managers again and again.

OTOH, something to be said about Ranieri being sacked. Clearly the Thai owners were right.

This should be an advertisement for changing managers if anything to gain a result…. then again we have to remember of course that Ranieri never really had much consistency an “a swallow does not a summer make”.

If Leicester keep winning, they’d be composing a soliloquy next…never mind requims for our manager.

😉

NOT INTERESTED

I looked at arseblog tonight for the first time in days and like most of you fellow arseblogians, that’s a very long time (usually hourly). It’s not you blogs trust me, it’s the realisation that I’m not interested. I’m not interested if özil is really injured or if he’s just really that soft and timid. I’m not interested in watching Arsenal players (our Heroes) fall apart like furniture from lidl at the same point every season. I’m not interested in watching Alexis perform a one man show while the rest of the team look overawed by him and any big occasion. I’m not interested in watching the players hang there heads during conflict instead of picking each other up. I AM NOT INTERESTED.

See you all Saturday mourning for the build up to the game of no interest to me.

Otto Von Bismarck

Another Arsenal legend heads off. Good luck to him.
Seems like there is now a perfect storm at Arsenal and maybe this is the time for a massive overhaul at the club, often mentioned on this site over the past few months.
The club has misread many of the external forces impacting the game now, but the real indictment is the total lack of adaptability. There seems to be no passion at top level about winning trophies.
On the pitch, I think it has all passed Arsene by a little. He needs to be more flexible, but time is running out.
Kronke is happy to invest minimally and as long as champions league football is assured, that means charging premium prizes for season tickets and lots of lovely tv and sponsorship money. I am fairly sure that this season it will end badly (outside top 4) and we will again fail to fill the gaps left by departures let alone strengthen.
I hope for a radical new manager at the end of the season who will shake things up and overhaul the squad but I cannot see it realistically and I honestly don’t think life would get better with the other big shareholder running the show.

Daniel

I feel like he’ll be back, but he’s been offered a higher position that arsenal can’t offer him right now,so fair enough that he’s taking it

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