De Kat’s departure set to free space for Henry?

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The Dutch FA (KNVB) have confirmed that Arsenal youth coach, Frans de Kat, will become the new coordinator of their youth academy in the summer.

De Kat – whose full name translates from Dutch to English as ‘French Cat’ – moved to London in July 2014, as part of compatriot Andries Jonker’s post-Liam Brady academy overhaul. He subsequently took over from Steve Larriman as coach of the Gunners under-18s.

De Kat has previously worked for the KNVB coaching under-15 and under-16 levels and has also previously held positions at Dutch clubs Willem II Tilburg, as head of scouting, and ADO Den Haag, as head of youth academy.

The departure looks set to spark a reshuffle at the academy. Kwame Ampadu, De Kat’s deputy at Arsenal, is rumoured to be taking over as Arsenal’s new under-18s coach and, in an exciting development, Thierry Henry could be handed a formal position on the club’s coaching roster as his assistant.

As is well-documented, Henry coached Arsenal’s youngsters while undertaking the UEFA A-Licence; a certificate he secured in March.

Should Henry’s new position be confirmed it’ll help the Frenchman fulfil the requirements needed to successfully complete his UEFA Pro Licence, a 12-month course, which in turn will allow him to manage a top-level European club.

So one French Cat leaves and another is lined up. Intriguing stuff.

 

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uncle D
uncle D

Jazzy De Kat! I like the name ma man..

Goontang
Goontang

I would love to see Bergkamp come into the set up somewhere aswell. Maybe our strikers could learn to put away more of Ozils 10785 chances created this year, with dennis and thiery hanging round the club again

Naz
Naz

Introducing Steve Bould hasn’t helped our shambolic defending really has it! If only there were sure fire fixes!

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

True dat

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Sadly, I have to agree.

We miss Pat Rice.

Gooner_Al
Gooner_Al

It makes me very very sad to say that I agree. But then the question remains how ‘hands on’ and how much control he’s given to train them…

Miranda
Miranda

@Gooner-Al: Exactly. How much control did he have and how rewarding was he finding the job? Granted, the Dutch FA would probably be a step-up for any Dutch youth coach, but I’d still like to know if he has other reasons for leaving.

The under-18s have certainly been getting better results under him – before he came they’d normally be found at the bottom of the table – but they’ve still not been doing that brilliantly relative to their supposed talent. Is there something about the culture with us that losing games is considered a morally superior thing? If so, I can well imagine that the job could become a little depressing.

Wenger said a while back that the youth leagues are meaningless and the players don’t try. To this the obvious reply is, Why don’t they try? Isn’t learning to win also a part of development? The kids have training every day to acquire silky skills; matches aren’t even weekly, so a little bit of emphasis on game preparation, tactics and team discipline wouldn’t prevent them spending 90 percent of their time practising passing and taking free kicks.

It’s like Wenger is blaming the league. But a league is simply a league; it’s what the clubs choose to make it, and other clubs are making enough of the youth leagues, including the Uefa, to actually win them – Chelsea again this year, I think – as opposed to thinking exiting in the last 16 and getting relegated are evidence of our superior virtue.

I’m sure The Cat is too much of a gentleman to comment, but how I’d like to have a private conversation with him about why our academy is still falling short. Seeing the under-21 blowing the duds’ league yet again, it’s hard to avoid the impression that this excuse-making culture – it’s the Thurs/Sun fixtures, it’s because the players are tired, it’s all the fault of the refs, it’s that we’ve got too many injuries, it’s because the players we wanted weren’t for sale, it’s that we don’t have as much money as anyone else – runs right through the club.

Let’s hope Thierry can instil a bit of pride and determination and at academy level at least we’ll start turn this demoralising mentality around.

John C
John C

Getting a better manager would do the trick

Rob67
Rob67

One of the obvious difference between Ferguson and Wenger – and it doesn’t reflect in Wenger’s favour one jot – is that the former always refreshed his senior staff every three or four years and made a real effort to relate to new ideas.
Wenger by contrast is painfully insecure and desperate to control everything. Even worse, he’s allowed to ; and it does neither him nor us any favours. If he was more open to fresh thinking and less inclined to keep telling he knows it all because he’s managed X number of games, we – and he, if he did but know it – would be much better off.

ua1107
ua1107

Last lines. Heh.

John C
John C

I hope Henry is a more eloquent coach than he is a pundit, he makes almost no sense.

LittleMozart
LittleMozart

Hopefully he’s the opposite of Gary Neville who was a great pundit but terrible manager

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Who would like Thierry Henry as their new manager as of 2017/18?

Arun
Arun

Guess you got your answer already!

Anup
Anup

Cheeky fiver for Thierry to become our next manager with a coaching staff that includes he of the effortless style, Mr. Pires, as well as Bergkamp.

Anup
Anup

Thumbed down for this?!?!?!

Please god tell me why!

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

I’m glad to have learnt that his name translates to French Cat.

blahnlahblah
blahnlahblah

it also translates from my family homeland Jamaica to be ‘the cat’

heihaci
heihaci

good players don’t always make good managers

Man Manny
Man Manny

True; but there is room for one more to join the league of Pep, Simeone, Henrique, Blanc, Ancelloti, Conte, Mancini, Koeman, De Boer, Rikjard, and others.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I’m not sure it’s about players being good but rather them being them being forward/attacking. Most good managers are either defenders or your more agricultural central midfielder.

In your list, the only two with real flair were Mancini and Enrique (elsewhere, you could also add Guardiola into the mix).

Towelie
Towelie

Zidane anyone?

GoonerOfPuppets
GoonerOfPuppets

Lest we forget Cryuff

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I see what you did there, Blogs.

Keep the Photoshopping and puns coming please.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

I’m surprised Arteta’s name isn’t being banded about for this job, or is he off to City already?

Anup
Anup

Really interesting point you make.

It’s also pretty weird timing that a few weeks ago we were hearing that he might either go to City or Sp*rs and now this comes to light. Would be amazing if he did get it!

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner

It’s nice to see him getting himself into the Managerial scene. He could be a good manager or he could be a bad manager, time will tell. But, let’s not forget even as a senior player he was able to influence the team esp the younger ones very positively in his previous ‘close to retirement’ spells with Arsenal FC. He was so eager to come back despite his age and help out the club even as a player, and it showed in some of the games. So, I feel very positive about this whole thing and I am excited to see what happens in the near future.

John C
John C

I absolutely disagree he was a positive influence on the younger players, especially when he was captain when he was a disgrace. His stroll and point technique left a very negative mark with half the impressionable youngster choosing to adopt it.

goonero
goonero

It’s more like “French the Cat” so he’s a cat named French, not necessarily a French cat although he may be I don’t know his story.

gunn cabinet
gunn cabinet

I’r really love to see Arteta stay at the club in a coaching capacity. Him and Per have have proved to me that they have a brain to actually lead a team and point them in the right direction. They might be slow in the physical, but their mental awareness shows they are aware to events around them that few players can see. and I think they have the nous to translate their knowledge to a football team. one or both of them should stay as an understudy to le prof

Arsetronomy
Arsetronomy

I’m not gonna lie, Henry becoming manager of Arsenal and doing an anti-shearer and being amazing is the only thing that can quench my Arsenal thirst…

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

We’ll see…