According to a number of reports coming out of Germany, Andries Jonker is set to quit his post as head of Arsenal’s Academy to take over as head coach of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The Dutchman returns to the club he left in 2014 where he’d previously been an assistant coach to Dieter Jecking.
It is reported that Jonker will be unveiled this afternoon at the Volkswagen Arena and has signed a long-term contract after the Germans opted to buy him out of his current deal at the Emirates.
Wolfsburg sacked manager Valerien Ismael on Sunday after their former defender failed to turn around a poor season that has left the Bundesliga club flirting with relegation.
Jonker took over at Hale End and London Colney from Liam Brady having gained considerable experience working in the Dutch youth setup. He also spent time as an assistant to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal appoints a temporary replacement from within. It’s possible, given the lack of clarity over Arsene Wenger’s own future, that the club could wait until the summer before making a decision.
In January The Independent reported that the Gunners were keeping tabs on Pep Segura who is currently involved at Barcelona’s La Masia.