Arsenal set to replace Brady as head of youth academy with Dutch boss JonkerBy Charles SalePUBLISHED: 22:00, 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 00:07, 18 January 2014http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2541511/CHARLES-SALE-Arsenal-set-replace-Liam-Brady-head-youth-academy-Dutch-boss-Andries-Jonker.html
Arsenal are set to appoint a Dutch football manager as head of their renowned youth academy to replace club legend Liam Brady, who steps down at the end of the season.
Hot favourite Andries Jonker, assistant manager at German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, has had spells in charge of three Dutch teams - Volendam, Maastricht and Willem II.
But he is best known for working with the renowned Louis van Gaal, who took him to Bayern Munich, where Jonker was caretaker boss for five games at the end of the 2011 season after Van Gaal was sacked.
Experienced: Dutchman Andries Jonker is set to be appointed the new head of Arsenal's youth academy.
Jonker’s interest in academy football can be gauged from a controversial email he sent to the board of subsequent Champions League winners Bayern criticising their youth set-up for lacking a clear philosophy.
Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge responded by saying: ‘He should not have written this email, there are situations where you can have a bit of self-criticism. I think we can exclude that in this case.’
Arsenal, despite the impressive reputation of their academy, struggled to gain the top category one status under the Premier League’s elite player performance plan. Interestingly, chief executive Ivan Gazidis, rather than manager Arsene Wenger, has led the search for Brady’s successor.