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Bould Set To Be Unveiled As Arsenal Number 2

Bould Set To Be Unveiled As Arsenal Number 2

It`s something of an open secret that current Arsenal assistant Manager Pat Rice will take to the Arsenal dugout for the last time this Sunday prior to hanging up his short shorts. An announcement had been expected from the club last week, prior to the last home game of the season against Norwich. I would guess (I don`t know) that Rice didn`t want the fanfare.

However, the ever reliable We Are The North Bank and arseblog news are reporting that Steve Bould will be announced as Rice`s replacement imminently. This would certainly chime with the noises I`ve been hearing, as I speculated in this piece I wrote three weeks ago . Bould had been sounded out about the job last summer when Rice originally looked to retire due to a chronic knee complaint. It was understood the job was Bould`s to turn down.

We Are The North Bank revealed that club legend Tony Adams had also applied for the role, but Wenger favoured Bould due to the eleven years he has already spent on the Gunners coaching staff, having overseen the development of the likes of Wilshere, Frimpong and Gibbs. We Are the North Bank are also reporting that Reserves manager Neil Banfield will be promoted to First Team Coach. Boro Primorac is also nearing retirement and will likely take a reduced role. It`s yet to be seen who would backfill Banfield and Bould`s current roles, but there maybe scope for ex Arsenal players such as Keown and Adams who have professed an interest in coaching roles.

There`s nothing official from the club as yet, but according to the very trustworthy sources quoted, it`s a mere formality that will be executed in the coming days. LD.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday May 8 2012
Time: 9:43AM


If true then Bould will need some input in the training of the team....otherwise his appointment is a fruitless exsersise that will change nothing.
08/05/2012 10:02:00
I would venture that if he's going to be Assistant Manager you'd kinf of expect him to! What else would that job title be about?
Little Dutch
08/05/2012 10:06:00
Whats the difference between a manager and a coach? Can someone tell me?
Wyn Mills
08/05/2012 10:08:00
Alright chaps, been ages since I posted on here. Used to be under the name LondonGooner but thoguht i'd freshent hings up with my regular "internet alias" (sounds sinsiter that phrase!!). Anyway, the site admin spelt Scotch wrong, if anyone can rattle a cage for me that would be greatly appreciated.
08/05/2012 10:10:00
Assistant Arsenal it means carry out the greatones ideas without question, do not critisize the players, yell at them or call them names. What we need is someone that challanges the great one and kicks the under performing shower of ninnis up the hole when they are feeling sorry for them selfs.
08/05/2012 10:11:00
He really could have chosen anyone on the list that LD posted and I would have been happy. Bouldy has definately earned his stripes and is going about everything in the Arsenal way. He know, loves, and respects the club. It also gives us a reason to sing the Stevie Stevie Bould song at every opportunity.

As an aside some of the younger Gooners might not appreciate what kind of footballing person Bould is. It's been a long time since he played for the club. Needless to say, he doens't f*** about and that's exactly the type of character we need at the moment. No nonsense, get the job dob type of people. Very happy with this.
08/05/2012 10:14:00
HA! The irony of me mentioning someone else's spelling. You try typing on a touch screen phone with big hands!!
08/05/2012 10:15:00
Armoury, can I ask which position you currently hold at the club? It's just training sessions at Arsenal have been closed to the public and the press since 1996. You obviously have a privileged insight given your comment, so what else do you see on the training ground every day that might be of interest to us?
Little Dutch
08/05/2012 10:16:00
Rocky, don't you think that the last 6-7 years (or what ever) working under Wenger will have mellowed the type of person we remember Steve Bould was? I cannot ever see someone like Wenger, who requires 100% subservience from his staff, hiring someone to take point with his philosophies on occasion and upset his precious little darlings.
08/05/2012 10:18:00
*seems to require 100%.....
08/05/2012 10:19:00
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