Jonker Appointed Head of Youth Development
Arsenal have appointed Dutch coach Andries Jonker as the new Head of Youth Development. Currently assistant manager at Wolfsburg, Jonker will join Arsenal officially on July 1st, overtaking from Liam Brady who is retiring after nearly 18 years in the role.
Brady announced his plans to retire last year and the club have carefully scouted a successor ever since, with U-21s boss Terry Burton also backfilling the position since last year.
Jonker has quite a background in Youth Development, having worked for the KNVB in his native Holland, he spent two seasons working as a senior coach in the youth setup of the Dutch Federation, managing the U15 and U21 national teams. He has been assistant coach to Luis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He has been assistant manager at Wolfsburg since 2012. Brady will continue in an ambassadorial role at the club.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis told arsenal.com: "Youth development is a key part of our philosophy at Arsenal and I am delighted that Andries is joining us. He has an outstanding track record in developing and identifying young players and creating systems to bring the best out of them. I know he will build on the tremendous work which has been done by Liam and his team over many years."
Arsène Wenger added: "I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland. I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years."