Wolfsburg have appointed Arsenal academy boss Andries Jonker as their new manager and the Dutchman is bringing youth coach Freddie Ljungberg along with him.
The 54-year-old currently headed up the Gunners academy, but was approached by the struggling Bundesliga side to replace Valerien Ismael, who was sacked this weekend.
Jonker, who was Wolfsburg’s assistant manager before taking the academy role with the Gunners, will be joined by fellow academy coach Ljungberg, who will work as one of his assistants.
‘He (Ljungberg) is interested in the individual development of the players and what he says is what I think,’ said Jonker.
‘I’m really looking forward to working with the two of them. They will complement me very well.’
Jonker was working as normal over the weekend; completing his duties as normal at the club’s London Colney base on Friday and Saturday.
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.’
Commenting on his move, Jonker added: ‘I have had a wonderful three years at Arsenal. We have made significant progress and it has been great to be part of a club which puts such an emphasis on developing young players through its academy.
‘I leave a great team of people who will continue to do a terrific job and I would like to thank everyone, including the board, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Arsène Wenger for all the support.
‘There are some top young players in the Arsenal academy. I look forward to seeing them progress their careers.’