Arsenal Under-23s coach, Steve Bould has been sacked after more than three decades of loyal service to the Gunners following disappointing season.
Infoexpert24 understands that Steve Bould exit comes amid the Gunners’ below-par performances even with the senior team which face the prospect of missing out on European football next season.
Bould, 58, had been working as Under-23s coach since June 2019 after taking over from Freddie Ljungberg.
But he has now been given the boot by Arsenal after the Under-23s finished TENTH in the 13-team PL2.
Academy chief Per Mertesacker will take over from Bould, at least for now.
An Arsenal spokesperson said: “Things are being worked through and an appropriate announcement will be made at the right time.”
Bould first joined the Gunners in 1988 and would go on to form part of a brick wall of a back-four alongside, Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.
Racking up 372 appearances in all competitions, Bould won three league titles and two FA Cup crowns at Highbury.
The defender spent the final year of his career – the 1999-2000 season – at Sunderland before heading back to Arsenal in 2001.
There, the former centre-back took on the role of youth coach.
The legendary centre-back is widely credited for his role in developing top stars including Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and most recently – Folarin Balogun. However, following his wards’ disappointing run of form this campaign, the Arsenal board has decided to get rid of him.
Bould even led the Gunners’ Under-18s to back-to-back Premier Academy League titles in 2009 and 2010.
In 2012, he took over from Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager.
But he would go on to swap jobs with Ljungberg as part of a major reshuffle in 2019.
Youngsters such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have proven to be real success stories from the Arsenal academy in recent years, now thriving in the first-team.
Bould has overseen the development of Folarin Balogun, who has made his first-team debut this season, with Miguel Azeez tipped to follow the striker.
But after the Under-23’s disappointing season, the Gunners board have decided to part ways with coach Bould.