Wenger praises Brady’s contribution to Arsenal
Former midfielder will help new academy boss Andries Jonker settle in
Liam Brady will step down as the head of the Arsenal youth academy after 18 years at the end of this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Liam Brady’s contribution as academy director at the club as “outstanding” as the former Gunners midfielder prepares to step aside from the post at the end of the season.
Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Andries Jonker as the new head of their academy, bringing an end to Brady’s 18-year tenure as head of youth development and the academy.
Jonker (51), who is currently the assistant manager at Wolfsburg in Germany’s Bundesliga, will join Arsenal on July 1st.
Brady (57) will “help to ensure a smooth transition” with Jonker, who spent seven years developing and implementing youth coaching reforms with the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB.
Wenger told arsenal.com: “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.”
Jonker has also worked as Netherlands’ under-21 and under-15 coach, technical manager of the KNVB and assistant coach to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he also had a spell as interim head coach.
Arsenal have long been renowned for nurturing young talent and the club hope Jonker will build on Brady’s work.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: “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.”