UK time is: 05:27:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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."




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 20 2014

Time: 10:11PM

Your Comments

Not bad....not bad at all. This fellow comes with relevant experience, having worked in youth soccer development and served under great manager as van Gaal. It is possible his brief would include scouting for young talent in Germany and Holland. My only concern is he isn't exactly a young man, at 51. How many years would he give the club serving in that capacity? Does he have the ambition to take over the reigns at Arsenal in the future?
Naijagunner
You won't replace Brady thats for sure!
Slurms McKenzie
Jonker seems about the right age - old enough to be experienced and young enough to do the job for quite a few years yet. The club seems to have taken this appointment very seriously, as they should given the importance they place on player development, but it does seem another indicator of the professionalism which Kroenke appears to have promoted. It's sometimes a little too easy to make such appointments on the basis of celebrity - a former player for example.
Amos.
You make a good point there, Amos, Re the appointment being an indication of the club's commitment to professionalism. No doubt, the likes of Tony Adams would have been interested in such a role, given his comments about his willingness to play any role in the club; plus quite a few other ex-players who have maintained close contact with Arsenal. Jonker does have the right pedigree and may provide a different perspective to our youth development ideals.
Naijagunner
Seems an experienced fellow having been in youth setups in holland and Germany. Bodes well for us in the future.
nna
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Arsenal Articles

It's The Positives That Worry Me (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Arteta: 'Shocked and Frustrated' (Monday November 24 2014)

The First Goal Matters (Saturday November 22 2014)

Wenger & Ozil Share a Mutual Trust (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Memories: Jens Lehmann (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Archived Arsenal Articles

List All Vital Arsenal Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Amos. 106
2. Naijagunner 55
3. paul_ownz 49
4. Galway Gooner 49
5. Wyn Mills 40
6. shewore 29
7. Joe_@** 21
8. Little Dutch 15
9. NYArse 14
10. damiano_tommassi 13

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd
Swansea 2 - 1 Arsenal
Arsenal 3 - 0 Burnley
Sunderland 0 - 2 Arsenal
Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City
Chelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 3 18
8. Arsenal 12 4 5 3 5 17
9. Everton 12 4 5 3 3 17
10. Spurs 12 5 2 5 -1 17
11. Stoke 12 4 3 5 -2 15

Breaking League News

» Liverpool : 26/11/2014 22:00:00
The Ped To Europe Report.. City 3-2 Bayern
» Man City : 26/11/2014 20:40:00
Olsson Set For Surgery
» WBA : 26/11/2014 20:35:00
Koeman - We Kept Our Belief
» Southampton : 26/11/2014 20:30:00
Pellegrini - We'll Fight Until The End
» Man City : 26/11/2014 20:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

With a stuttering start to the season what league position can we still reasonably aim for?
Suggested By:  
First 8%
Second 14%
Third 14%
Fourth 25%
Fifth or lower 34%
Still too early to bother with predictions 5%