Arsenal academy coach lands Wolfsburg job
27 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
ARSENAL’S academy coach Andries Jonker has swapped north London for Germany after being appointed as the new head coach at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
Jonker is credited with overseeing a complete “transformation” of the Gunners youth academy over the past three seasons, during which time the club’s Hale End ground has undergone a complete rebuild, creating a modern facility designed to give players everything that they need to be able to compete at the very top of the game.
The 54-year-old replaces Valerian Ismael following the Frenchman’s sacking on Sunday. Arsenal legend and fans favourite Freddie Ljungberg will also be joining the Wolves as an assistant coach.
Jonker told the official Arsenal website: “I have had a wonderful three years. We have made significant progress and it has been great to be part of a club which puts such an emphasis on developing young players through its academy.
“I leave a great team of people who will continue to do a terrific job and I would like to thank everyone, including the board, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger, for all the support.
“There are some top young players in the Arsenal academy. I look forward to seeing them progress their careers.”
Chief executive Gazidis said: “This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success. Under Andries’s 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.”