According to The Athletic (£), Arsenal have parted ways with Steve Bould ending a relationship that dates back 33 years.
The former centre-back, 58, has been coaching the under-23s for the last two seasons having returned to academy football following six years as Arsene Wenger’s assistant and a further year working with Unai Emery.
Bould’s first stint with the club’s youngsters lasted from 2001-2012, during which he oversaw two Academy league title wins and success in the 2008/09 FA Youth Cup.
This season his under-23s finished 10th.
When others were sacked or chose to leave in the aftermath of Arsene Wenger’s departure, Bould opted to remain at London Colney to provide a level of continuity.
Having won domestic and European honours with the club as a player and been in the dugout for three FA Cup wins, he can leave with his head held high after so many years of service. We wish him well for the future.
It is understood that Per Mertesacker, the manager of Arsenal’s academy, led the decision and will be charged with finding a replacement.