The Daily Mail report this evening that Dutch coach Andries Jonker, who is currently assistant manager at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, will succeed Liam Brady as the head of Arsenal’s youth Academy.
The Gunners confirmed a year ago that Brady, who assumed the role of Head of Youth Development in 1996, was planning to step down before May 2014 season and after an extensive interview process it’s being claimed that 51-year-old Jonker is the hot favourite for the coveted position.
The Dutchman has managed three clubs in his native Holland – Volendam, Maastricht and Willem II – and (arguably more impressively) held assistant coach positions at Barcelona and Bayern Munich where he worked closely under Louis van Gaal.
Arseblog News doesn’t really know much about the chap, his own playing career appears to be pretty low key, but trusts Ivan Gazidis has done his homework.
We’re taking a bit of a punt here, but perhaps we can garner an insight into what might be in store from Jonker via Dennis Bergkamp’s dissection of Louis van Gaal’s methods in his book ‘Stillness and Speed’.