Arsenal have named Luke Hobbs as the interim manager of the club’s academy after former boss Andries Jonker left suddenly. Jonker left the role after less than three years in the position to take the vacant managerial role at VFL Wolfsburg (via Arsenal.com).
It was certainly a shock to see Andries Jonker leave Arsenal on Monday. The 54-year-old had headed the club’s academy since the start of the 2014-15 season, replacing the outgoing Liam Brady.
While there were rumours of a summer departure for Jonker, his exit on Monday seemed to come out of the blue. The German was joined by former Arsenal fan favourite Freddie Ljungberg who left to become an assistant at Wolfsburg. The Swede was coaching the Gunners’ Under-15s but left for the Bundesliga side.
The German was joined by former Arsenal fan favourite Freddie Ljungberg who left to become an assistant at Wolfsburg. The Swede was coaching the Gunners’ Under-15s but left for the Bundesliga side.
Now, the club have announced a temporary replacement for Jonker, former head of Football Operations, Luke Hobbs. Hobbs has previously coached at first-team level for a number of clubs including Peterborough United and Southend.
“I am confident Luke will be a safe pair of hands following Andries’s departure,” said chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
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“He will continue the excellent progress we are making in this important part of our club.”
Luke Hobbs is a bit of an unknown to the vast majority of Arsenal supporters but his appointment seems more like a temporary fix. Hobbs will hopefully continue the good work which Jonker has done in the last few years ahead of potentially a more permanent appointment in the summer.