Arsenal have had one of the best youth academies in Europe and has produced as many future stars in the world as the likes of La Masia and Ajax’s youth academy have. That is purely regarded to their wonderful youth system and experienced coaching & management.
But the news today is flying around that Arsenal are set to appoint a Dutch football manager as head of their renowned youth academy to replace club legend Liam Brady, who steps down at the end of the season.
Hot favourite Andries Jonker, assistant manager at German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, has had spells in charge of three Dutch teams – Volendam, Maastricht and Willem II.
But he is best known for working with top manager Louis van Gaal, who took him to Bayern Munich, where Jonker was caretaker boss for five games at the end of the 2011 season after Van Gaal was sacked.
Arsenal, despite the impressive reputation of their academy, struggled to gain the top category one status under the Premier League’s elite player performance plan.
Interestingly, chief executive Ivan Gazidis, rather than manager Arsene Wenger, has led the search for Brady’s successor.