Arsenal’s Academy manager Andries Jonker has left the club to take over as manager for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. The Dutchman is also taking with him Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg, who was a coach at Arsenal’s academy.
Jonker was the assistant manager of the German team before he left to join the North London club, to replace Liam Brady as academy manager.
This season hasn’t faired well for Wolfsburg, as they decided to part ways with their former manager after he failed to make his mark on the club. With the club sitting in 14th position and looking like they’ll face a relegation battle this season, it was only a matter of time before the board made a change.
With Wenger’s future uncertain, Gazidas and the board might wait until the end of the season to appoint a replacement. This departure will also mean Ljungberg will be the last of former Arsenal players to leave the club from coaches roles; with Henry and Adams both departing recently.
This is what Gazidas had to say about Jonker’s departure from the club: “This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success. Under Andries’ guidance, we have made huge progress in our academy operations.
“Arsenal is known around the world for its development of young players and we are confident we will find the right person to continue to lead our progress.”
Whether this is just too good an opportunity for the pair to turn down, or whether this is a sign of the first to leave the sinking ship, is yet to be seen. Both were brought in by the current manager, so he’ll be sad to see them go.
There were talks earlier in the year that Arsenal was keeping tabs on Pep Segura, who is currently involved in the Barcelona set up and might try and tempt him over to London Colney in the Summer.