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Sunday 20 April 2014

Brady's successor at Arsenal unveiled

Andries Jonker
Andries Jonker

ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Andries Jonker as head of their academy.

The 51-year-old, currently the assistant manager at Wolfsburg in Germany, will join Arsenal on July 1 and succeed Liam Brady in the role.

Brady, the Gunners' outgoing head of youth development and the academy, will "help to ensure a smooth transition" with Jonker, who spent seven years implementing youth coaching reforms with the Dutch Football Association.

Jonker has also worked as Netherlands U-21 coach and assisted Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he had a spell as interim head coach.

Meanwhile, Franck Ribery has claimed he deserved the Ballon d'Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. "I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing," he said.

The trial of Ribery and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute started in Paris yesterday.

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