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Jonker to Succeed Brady as Head of Academy

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Liam Brady's leaving the Academy this summer, but his successor has an impressive resume and a track record for youth development.

Alexander Hassenstein

Check out this resume: Interim head coach for Bayern Munich, assistant coach at Barcelona, manager of the U15 teams and the U21 teams for the KNVB, and the current assistant manager for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Might he be qualified to head up the Arsenal Academy?

Arsenal has answered this question with a resounding yes, announcing that Andries Jonker will take over for Liam Brady when Brady steps down from his current post on July 1. According to Arsenal.com, Brady will stay with the organization as Club Ambassador.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quoted in the Arsenal.com article with these bon mots about the 51-year-old Jonker:

“I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland. I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years.”

Wolfsburg is currently fifth in the Bundesliga standings, just below Dortmund.