Arsenal to appoint Burton as reserve boss

Former Wimbledon manager Terry Burton is expected to be named the new manager of the Arsenal reserve side following a re-organisation of Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff, the Independent has reported.

Wenger’s assistant, Pat Rice, retired at the end of the season after 16 years in the position, with former Gunners centre-back Steve Bould promoted from the youth set-up to replace Rice, and Neil Banfield, the former reserve team coach, moved to work with the first team. Burton will then take Banfield’s old job.

Burton is currently assistant manager to Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday, having held the same role under Jones at Cardiff City and briefly worked with Roy Hodgson at West Bromwich Albion. Burton was a youth team player at Arsenal and has been the club’s reserve team boss before, leading the likes of Tony Adams under Don Howe in the 1980s as well as spending two years as Wimbledon manager as part of a 16-year spell at the club.

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