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Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker to become Wolfsburg head coach
According to the Metro who cites German publication Bild, Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker has reportedly quit the club and has agreed on a deal with Wolfsburg.
Jonker is in his third season at the Emirates where he arrived to replace Liam Brady in 2014. Before then he had been the assistant manager at Wolfsburg, having previously been an assistant to Louis van Gaal with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Dutch national team.
Our chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success. Under Andries’ guidance, we have made huge progress in our academy operations.
“Arsenal is known around the world for its development of young players and we are confident we will find the right person to continue to lead our progress.”
Commenting on his move, Andries said: “I have had a wonderful three years at Arsenal. We have made significant progress and it has been great to be part of a club which puts such an emphasis on developing young players through its academy.
“I leave a great team of people who will continue to do a terrific job and I would like to thank everyone, including the board, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Arsène Wenger for all the support.
“There are some top young players in the Arsenal academy. I look forward to seeing them progress their careers.”
The 54-year-old will return back to German after Wolfsburg gave Valerien Ismael the boot following the home defeat against Werder Bremen.
Wolfsburg Sporting director Olaf Rebbe said: “After weighing up all the facts and circumstances, we agreed that the separation is the right way to get the team back on the track.
“In the decision-making process, we were not guided primarily by the most recent result against Bremen, but rather also included the impressions and results from the last weeks and months.”
They have confirmed their new head coach will be presented to the public today.