Arsenal have confirmed that Steve Bould is leaving the club after 33-years of service.
It’s exactly a month since The Athletic (£) broke the news that the former defender had been told he was surplus to requirements at London Colney.
Bould, 58, has spent the last two seasons coaching the club’s under-23s after a job switch with Freddie Ljungberg saw the Swede become one of Unai Emery’s assistants at first team level. Against the backdrop of much upheaval, the elder statesman has endured a challenging 12 months.
Bould won every domestic honour going during his playing days at Highbury and was in the heart of the defence that won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.
After a brief spell playing for Sunderland, he returned to north London to coach the club’s youngsters and stewarded the under-18s to two league triumphs and success in the FA Youth Cup.
He eventually stepped up to fill the void left by Pat Rice when the Irishman retired as Arsene Wenger’s deputy.
Thanking Bould for his service, Per Mertesacker, who took the decision to part ways, said:
“Steve has been a fantastic servant for us on and off the pitch. His record as a player speaks for itself and he has been an inspiration to generations of young players coming through the academy.
“This has been a very hard decision to make. Steve’s contribution to the under-23s and the club as a whole has been huge and he will always be an important figure in our history.”
Arsenal are yet to confirm who will replace Bould as coach of the under-23s but it will be the fourth appointment to the role in just over three years.