After 44 years at Arsenal, Pat Rice is leaving the club after the last match of the season at West Brom on Sunday. Arsene Wenger has called on another Arsenal legend, Steve Bould, to occupy his place on the bench from next season. Tony Adams was in contention for the job but has lost out to his old team mate.
There will be quite a few changes behind the scenes at the Emirates this summer, with another confirmed change being the promotion to first team coach of current reserve team manager Neil Banfield. Current first team coach Boro Primorac will keep his job but share his duties with Banfield.
It is hoped that the defensive experience of Bould, who has been involved with Arsenal’s academy set-up, will see the Gunners more resolute in defence next season. 49-year old Bould racked up a whopping 372 games for Arsenal from 1988 to 1999 and helping Arsenal to numerous honours as part of the “famous four” at the back.
Let’s hope he can help the Gunners to more silverware next year. It’s about time.