As it has been expected, Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager Pat Rice (63) will retire at the end of the season after unparralelled srvice to Arsenal spanning over four decades.
He first joined the club as a youth team player in 1964, and after that he made no more than 528 senior appearances during 14 seasons. Later on, Pat spent 4 years at Watford only to come back as youth team coach to his boyhood team.
Next he joined Le Professeur’s backroom staff back at Arsenal, following the Frenchman’s arrival in 1996, and after becoming Wenger’s right hand man, Pat’s hard work and devotion helped the Gunners win 3 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups.
Arsene Wenger felt the need to pay tribute for all the help and good advice he received from his old friend during his years at Arsenal: “Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club,”
“Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal football club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion to this club.”
“I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole. On the training pitches and on matchdays, Pat has always been a passionate, loyal and insightful colleague, who we will all miss.”
Patsy has dedicated 44 amazing years to Arsenal and I believe that his only regret is that he doesn’t have another 44 up his sleeve to give to the Gunners.
The new assistant manager who will replace Rice is Steve Bould, a loud, loyal and another popular ex-Arsenal legend, especially known for his strong opinions. Let’s hope he can get those defenders singing from the same hymn sheet!