Wolfsburg Appoint Arsenal Aademy Coach Andries Jonker As New Manager

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Arsenal’s academy boss Andries Jonker has left the club to become Wolfsburg’s new head coach.

The 54-year-old, who was assistant coach at the Volkswagen Arena before joining Arsenal in 2014, replaces Valerian Ismael following the Frenchman’s sacking on Sunday.

Jonker has signed a deal until 2018 and rejoins Wolfsburg with the club just two points above the Bundesliga’s relegation places.

“This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement. “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.”

The 41-year-old Ismael, formerly Wolfsburg’s under-23 coach, was given the job at first on an interim basis after predecessor Dieter Hecking — now at Borussia Monchengladbach — was fired seven league games into the season. Ismael gained the job on a permanent basis when no other candidates were found.

Ismael, who took over on Oct. 17, managed only five victories in 15 league games with nine defeats.



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