Bould to be named Arsenal assistant manager

Steve Bould will be named Arsene Wenger’s new assistant manager, the Daily Mirror has reported, when current assistant Pat Rice steps down from his Arsenal duties at the end of the season.

Bould currently works with the Arsenal youth sides but Wenger has plumped for the former Gunners centre-back as his new right hand man, choosing Bould over the likes of Tony Adams and Jens Lehmann, who were also linked with the post. Another candidate overlooked, reserve team manager Neil Banfield, will also be promoted to work with the first team but it is Bould who will be Wenger’s official assistant manager. Both Bould and Banfield are expected to be replaced in their current roles from within.

A title-winner under Wenger as a player, Bould began his playing career at Stoke City, joining Arsenal in 1988 and spending 11 years at the club, eventually retiring after a year with Sunderland. Bould also won the league with Arsenal in 1988-89, his first season at the club, and again in 1990-91.

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