Friday, February 23, 2024

Promoting Micciche would help Arsenal U18s make progress

The news regarding Steve Bould’s departure as Arsenal U23s coach emerged less than a week ago, but there have already been mentions of further changes with regards to staff at academy level.

Training Ground Guru, for instance, report that Dan Micciche could step up to replace Ken Gillard as U18s coach.

Micciche possesses experience of coaching at senior level with MK Dons, while he was also previously part of the England youth setup.

Since arriving at Arsenal Micciche has earned much praise for his work with the U15s and the U16s, and he was in charge of a very young U18s side for the 6-1 victory against Reading recently.

The 41-year-old certainly fits the criteria in terms of being a modern coach who can get his teams to play in a dynamic style.

An extra benefit is that Micciche has already worked with most of next season’s new scholars so he would help to make the adaptation process to full-time football much smoother.

If Micciche was promoted it would raise questions over Gillard’s future, although there is the possibility that the latter could become Bould’s replacement at U23 level.

Gillard guided Arsenal U18s to the southern section title in 2019 and they finished fourth this season despite some inconsistent performances.

Jeorge Bird is the author of Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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matt keeler

Interesting fact:
Dan went to college with Arsenal legend Kelly Smith


I signed Dan Micciche as a coach on my last Football Manager game. He really seemed to improve my team.

Probably not helpful or informative 🤷🏻

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