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
CB
2 years ago

Good luck to him!

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

Auz
Auz
2 years ago

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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Alan Pardew's Pears and Plum Emporium
2 years ago
Reply to  Auz

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

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
2 years ago
Reply to  Auz

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
RobM
2 years ago
Reply to  Auz

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
Brendan from NY
2 years ago
Reply to  Auz

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
Tommy Gunner
2 years ago

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
eddy
2 years ago
Reply to  Auz

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
Mootilated
2 years ago

next article:

”Arsenal leaves Arsenal for Wolfsburg role”

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
2 years ago
Reply to  Mootilated

Sanchez leaves arsenal for Wolfsburg?

NiceMan
NiceMan
2 years ago
Reply to  Stillmatic

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
JustAGooner
2 years ago
Reply to  NiceMan

Next, Bendtner leaves Wolfsburg for Arsenal

RahulMagic
RahulMagic
2 years ago
Reply to  JustAGooner

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

Paul
Paul
2 years ago
Reply to  JustAGooner

“Wolves leave Wolfsberg for Arsenal academy roles”

Si
Si
2 years ago
Reply to  Mootilated

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

Roger Ramjet
Roger Ramjet
2 years ago

A few months ago we could have swapped for Draxler.

Is this the start of an exodus?

Brendan from NY
Brendan from NY
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger Ramjet

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
Llinos
2 years ago

Noooooooooo
I love him

chippy's chip
chippy's chip
2 years ago
Reply to  Llinos

Coz he’s got red hair

Hadvar
Hadvar
2 years ago
Reply to  Llinos

We all love him. He’s got red hair.

Alexis, Atom & Humber
Alexis, Atom & Humber
2 years ago

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

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
2 years ago

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
Anonymarse
2 years ago

Wish her fuck you from me

goonero
goonero
2 years ago

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

Harry
Harry
2 years ago

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
Nasris wallet
2 years ago
Reply to  Harry

Nope

Whisht
Whisht
2 years ago
Reply to  Harry

2 + 2 = petunias ?

beNZed
2 years ago

Rats leaving a sinking ship?

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

Superswede Limpar
Superswede Limpar
2 years ago
Reply to  beNZed

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
Wenga Boys
2 years ago
Reply to  beNZed

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

Rage
Rage
2 years ago
Reply to  Wenga Boys

Love it when this happens

beNZed
beNZed
2 years ago
Reply to  Wenga Boys

My bad. That was Gunnar Gren.

Skinnyarse
Skinnyarse
2 years ago

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

greg
greg
2 years ago

Doom doom doom

santori
santori
2 years ago

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… Read more »

SuperSwede
SuperSwede
2 years ago

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
Clive St Helmet
2 years ago

Announce Pires.

Tom Coakley was here once
Tom Coakley was here once
2 years ago

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

Xxxrob
Xxxrob
2 years ago

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
goonertilidie
2 years ago
Reply to  Xxxrob

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

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank
2 years ago

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
santori
2 years ago
Reply to  FrankTheTank

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
spinner
2 years ago
Reply to  FrankTheTank

Keep taking the pills Frank.

Vedant
Vedant
2 years ago
Reply to  FrankTheTank

Why would Barcelona take him?

santori
santori
2 years ago

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… Read more »

NOT INTERESTED
2 years ago

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… Read more »

Otto Von Bismarck
Otto Von Bismarck
2 years ago

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… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago

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