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Jonker Appointed Head of Youth Development

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."



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday January 20 2014
Time: 10:11PM

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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
21/01/2014 00:56:00
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You won't replace Brady thats for sure!
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2014 16:20:00
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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.
23/01/2014 11:13:00
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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
23/01/2014 21:53:00
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Seems an experienced fellow having been in youth setups in holland and Germany. Bodes well for us in the future.
nna
24/01/2014 16:16:00
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