Arsenal have confirmed that Terry Burton has joined the club as ‘reserves and head development coach.’
With Steve Bould’s promotion to Arsene Wenger’s number 2 and Neil Banfield being appointed first team coach, the club have given the job to Burton, a former Arsenal youth team player and a man with a wealth of coaching experience.
Speaking to the official site, he said,”I’m delighted and proud to be joining Arsenal as reserves and head development coach. Having started my career at Arsenal as a youth player, and then as a coach, I know the history, class and values of this great football club. I can’t wait to get started in my new role and to meet the players and my new colleagues.”
While Arsene Wenger welcomed him, saying, “We are delighted that Terry Burton is joining Arsenal. I have known Terry for many years and he is someone who is hugely respected and highly regarded in the game.
“Terry brings with him a wealth of coaching experience and he will be a great asset for us, working with our reserves and youth development players.”
Although the club had looked at internal solutions for the vacancy, it was decided that Burton’s experience would not only aid the development of the players but also the coaches. He’ll work closely with Liam Brady and David Court and as well as reserve team fixtures, he’ll be in charge of the team which takes part in the NextGen series, the elite European Under-19s competition where Arsenal will play Marseille, Athletic Bilbao and Olympiacos.