As the end of Pat Rice’s career as Wenger’s number two comes to an end, the Daily Mirror has claimed that Arsenal’s youth coach Steve Bould will be the Frenchman’s assistant manager next season.
Rice, a member of the double winning Arsenal team in 1971, has been forced to step down due to a chronic knee condition after a long and successful management career at Arsenal spanning over 25 years.
His supposed replacement, Steve Bould, is also former Arsenal player and was a part of George Graham’s infamous back-four. He is claimed to be a popular choice among the candidates.
Bould is reported to be loud and strongly opinionated and hopefully will prove to be a big influence on the development of Arsenal’s current back-four and provide them with some added defensive guidance.
Reserves coach Neil Banfield is also touted by the Daily Mail to be promoted to undertake first-team duties as well, further emphasizing Arsenal’s intent to promote staff already within the Arsenal rather than someone outside the club.
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What do you guys think? Would Bould make a good number two? Do you think he could get the back-four into better shape? Feel free to leave a comment below!