Brady (file photo). INPHO/James Crombie

Wenger praises 'outstanding' Brady as Arsenal appoint his successor

The former Ireland assistant manager will be replaced by Andries Jonker when he steps down as head of their youth academy this summer.

ARSENAL HAVE ANNOUNCED Andries Jonker as Liam Brady’s replacement as head of the club’s esteemed academy.

Former Ireland international Brady, who spent 13 years with the Gunners as a player during the 1970s and 80s, has been in charge of youth development since 1996 but revealed last year that he would be stepping down this May.

The 57-year-old will remain on as a club ambassador and has promised to work alongside his successor to ensure a “smooth transition”. Dutchman Jonker is currently assistant manager at German side Wolfsburg but spent seven years working at underage level in the KNVB — the Dutch federation.

“I am very pleased that Andries is joining us,” manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s website.

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.”

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