Steve Bould will this week be confirmed as Arsenal’s new assistant manager.
The youth team coach will replace the retiring Pat Rice and will take his seat alongside the boss from next season onwards. Many will hope that he can bring some of the defensive knowledge he learned from George Graham as part of that famous back four to the training ground.
His former back four colleague, Lee Dixon, feels it’s crucial that Bould be allowed have an influence over the training regime.
“If he’s brought into a position in the first team set up then he has to be allowed to to do his defensive work,” he said, “otherwise there’s absolutely no point.
“There’s no point bringing in anyone who is just going to go down the Arsene Wenger way because it’s clear over the last few years that hasn’t worked. I still think Arsene is the right man for the job but I just feel he’s lost his way a little bit and needs some help.”
Bould has spent over a decade at the club in a coaching capacity and has worked hard to develop his skills. Although he said recently he didn’t want to move into management, a new role as the assistant allows him to progress his career and for Arsenal to freshen up their coaching staff.
Bould will be joined in first team action by reserve team manager Neil Banfield who will join Boro Primorac as a first team coach.