Bould stays, Lehmann leaves in Arsenal staff overhaul

Date published: Wednesday 20th June 2018 7:28

Steve Bould will continue as assistant Arsenal boss under Arsene Wenger’s successor Unai Emery, the Premier League club have announced.

Emery was named Arsenal boss in May, giving the Gunners a first new manager in almost 22 years, since Wenger’s appointment in October 1996.

Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012, after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice, and continues as one of two assistant head coaches under Emery.

Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery’s long-time assistant, will be alongside him in the dugout.

Bould’s position in the confirmation of Emery’s backroom staff provides some continuity from the Wenger era.

Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both of whom were appointed in July 2017, remain in place.

The Gunners confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin.

Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth, osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson have also left the club.

First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas complete Emery’s staff.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us.

“I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us.

“As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”


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